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Author Harrison, K. David

Title The last speakers : the quest to save the world's most endangered languages / K. David Harrison

Publ Info Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2010]
 CCRI-Prov.  P40.5 .E53 H37 2010    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  P40.5.E53 H37 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript 302 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), color map ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 281-293) and index
Contents Becoming a linguist -- Siberia calling -- The power of words -- Where the hotspots are -- Finding hidden languages -- Six degrees of language -- How do stories survive? -- Breaking out in song -- When a world is running down -- Saving languages
Note Part travelogue and part scientist's notebook, The Last Speakers is the poignant chronicle of author K. David Harrison's expeditions around the world to meet with last speakers of vanishing languages. The speakers' eloquent reflections and candid photographs reveal little-known lifeways as well as revitalization efforts to teach disappearing languages to younger generations. Thought-provoking and engaging, this unique book illuminates the global language-extinction crisis through photos, graphics, interviews, traditional wisdom never before translated into English, and first-person essays that thrillingly convey the adventure of science and exploration. - Publisher
LC subject Endangered languages
Language attrition
Language maintenance
Linguistic change
Linguistic minorities
ISBN 9781426204616