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Digging for the Roots of Language Death in Eastern Indonesia: The Cases of Kayeli and Hukumina

Charles E. Grimes

in Endangered Languages of Austronesia

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199544547
eISBN:
9780191720260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544547.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter explores factors contributing to language death for two languages formerly spoken on the Indonesian island of Buru. The forced relocation by the Dutch in 1656 of a number of coastal ... More


Language and Ethnic Minority Rights

Lionel Wee

in Language without Rights

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199737437
eISBN:
9780199827107
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737437.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter traces three identifiably distinct groups or movements associated with the concept of language rights and reviews the differences and similarities between these groups. Despite their ... More


When Languages Die: The Extinction of the World's Languages and the Erosion of Human Knowledge

K. David Harrison

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195181920
eISBN:
9780199870622
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181920.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

It is commonly agreed by linguists and anthropologists that the majority of languages spoken now around the globe will likely disappear within our lifetime. The phenomenon known as language death has ... More


Amerindian Language Islands in Brazil

Hildo Honório do Couto

in Iberian Imperialism and Language Evolution in Latin America

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226126173
eISBN:
9780226125671
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226125671.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

Using ecolinguistics as a framework for language contact, this essay begins by showing that the arrival of the Europeans in the territory of present-day Brazil pushed the autochthonous peoples to the ... More


Conclusions: The Decline, Death and Afterlife of a Language

Yaron Matras

in Romani in Britain: The Afterlife of a Language

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748639045
eISBN:
9780748671526
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639045.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter summarises the historical scenario which has been proposed as an explanation for the emergence of Angloromani. The key questions in the fields of language contact, language death, and ... More


Language Memoir and Language Death

Brian Lennon

in In Babel's Shadow: Multilingual Literatures, Monolingual States

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816665013
eISBN:
9781452946344
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816665013.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses the concept of language memoir and contrasts it with the concept of language death. Language memoir refers to the experience of acquiring other language, while language death ... More


The Word is a World: (La Parole Est Un Monde)

W. Underhill James

in Humboldt, Worldview and Language

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748638420
eISBN:
9780748671809
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638420.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter critically appraises flimsy and impressionistic accounts of linguistic relativity. It gives examples from French and English of authors who celebrate linguistic diversity, but who often ... More


Dying languages

John Considine

in Small Dictionaries and Curiosity: Lexicography and Fieldwork in Post-Medieval Europe

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780198785019
eISBN:
9780191827211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785019.003.0023
Subject:
Linguistics, Lexicography, English Language

In the seventeenth century, the concept of language death was a new one. Dying languages had not been singled out for lexicographical attention in the Middle Ages and the sixteenth century: hence the ... More


Endangered languages, Endangered meanings

Anna Wierzbicka

in Imprisoned in English: The Hazards of English as a Default Language

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199321490
eISBN:
9780199369263
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199321490.003.0012
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, English Language

Most of the world’s languages are dying out, and the ways of thinking and knowing embedded in their vocabulary are dying out, too. Linguistics has come to see as one of its central responsibilities ... More


Edible Gender, Mother-in-Law Style, and Other Grammatical Wonders: Studies in Dyirbal, Yidiñ, and Warrgamay

R. M. W Dixon

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198702900
eISBN:
9780191772405
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702900.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics, Language Families

This book studies the languages of Yidiñ, Warrgamay and Dyribal and the interrelations between them. The introductory chapter sets out the anthropological and linguistic background. In Part I there ... More


Old Prussian and Polabian

John Considine

in Small Dictionaries and Curiosity: Lexicography and Fieldwork in Post-Medieval Europe

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780198785019
eISBN:
9780191827211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785019.003.0024
Subject:
Linguistics, Lexicography, English Language

In the seventeenth century, wordlists of the dying Old Prussian language were circulated in ideologically inflected publications. Wordlists of another dying language from German-speaking Europe, ... More


Cornish and Manx

John Considine

in Small Dictionaries and Curiosity: Lexicography and Fieldwork in Post-Medieval Europe

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780198785019
eISBN:
9780191827211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785019.003.0025
Subject:
Linguistics, Lexicography, English Language

The Cornish language was known to be dying as early as the seventeenth century, and eighteenth-century lexicographers were interested in it for that reason. Their Cornish wordlists were created from ... More


The gradual decline of Dyirbal

R. M. W. Dixon

in Edible Gender, Mother-in-Law Style, and Other Grammatical Wonders: Studies in Dyirbal, Yidiñ, and Warrgamay

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198702900
eISBN:
9780191772405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702900.003.0016
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics, Language Families

In 1963 there were several score fluent speakers. The author has tried to work on all aspects of the language across as many dialects as possible—grammar, texts, songs, the kinship system, plus an ... More


Body Talk

William G. Pooley

in Body and Tradition in Nineteenth-Century France: Félix Arnaudin and the Moorlands of Gascony, 1870-1914

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780198847502
eISBN:
9780191882180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198847502.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Cultural History

This chapter uses Félix Arnaudin’s notes towards a dictionary of the Gascon dialect of the Landes de Gascogne to explore everyday speech about the body. The dialect notes that Arnaudin carefully ... More


The last change in Yidiñ

R. M. W. Dixon

in Edible Gender, Mother-in-Law Style, and Other Grammatical Wonders: Studies in Dyirbal, Yidiñ, and Warrgamay

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198702900
eISBN:
9780191772405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702900.003.0015
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics, Language Families

This chapter describes the linguistic system of the Yidiñ used by fluent speakers, and then examines how the language was simplified in the mouths of the last semi-speakers: (a) lexical interference ... More


French in Louisiana: A speaker from Ville Platte

Nathalie Dajko

in Varieties of Spoken French

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780199573714
eISBN:
9780191818011
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573714.003.0025
Subject:
Linguistics, Phonetics / Phonology, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter examines Louisiana Regional French through the speech of a speaker from Ville Platte, in Evangeline Parish. Our speaker is one of a small number of Louisiana speakers literate in French; ... More


Variation in Louisiana: Prairie Cajuns and Bayou Cajuns

Nathalie Dajko and Darcie Blainey

in Varieties of Spoken French

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780199573714
eISBN:
9780191818011
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573714.003.0038
Subject:
Linguistics, Phonetics / Phonology, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

Louisiana French displays a good deal of regional variation. This chapter compares the speech of a Ville Platte (Evangeline Parish) native with that of a Golden Meadow (Lafourche Parish) native. The ... More


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