The Oxford Handbook of Endangered Languages [Hardback]

Kenneth L. Rehg (Editor); Lyle Campbell (Editor)

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ISBN: 9780190610029 | Published by: Oxford University Press | Year of Publication: 2018 | Language: English

The Oxford Handbook of Endangered Languages


The endangered languages crisis is widely acknowledged among scholars who deal with languages and indigenous peoples as one of the most pressing problems facing humanity, posing moral, practical, and scientific issues of enormous proportions. Simply put, no area of the world is immune from language endangerment. The Oxford Handbook of Endangered Languages, in 39 chapters, provides a comprehensive overview of the efforts that are being undertaken to deal with this crisis. A comprehensive reference reflecting the breadth of the field, the Handbook presents in detail both the range of thinking about language endangerment and the variety of responses to it, and broadens understanding of language endangerment, language documentation, and language revitalization, encouraging further research. The Handbook is organized into five parts. Part 1, Endangered Languages, addresses the fundamental issues that are essential to understanding the nature of the endangered languages crisis. Part 2, Language Documentation, provides an overview of the issues and activities of concern to linguists and others in their efforts to record and document endangered languages. Part 3, Language Revitalization, includes approaches, practices, and strategies for revitalizing endangered and sleeping ("dormant") languages. Part 4, Endangered Languages and Biocultural Diversity, extends the discussion of language endangerment beyond its conventional boundaries to consider the interrelationship of language, culture, and environment, and the common forces that now threaten the sustainability of their diversity. Part 5, Looking to the Future, addresses a variety of topics that are certain to be of consequence in future efforts to document and revitalize endangered languages.

Table of Contents

Michael Krauss
Lyle Campbell and Kenneth L. Rehg
Part I: Endangered Languages
(1) The status of the world's endangered languages
Anna Belew and Sean Simpson
(2) Assessing degrees of language endangerment
Nala H. Lee and John R. Van Way
(3) Language contact and language endangerment
Sarah G. Thomason
(4) Indigenous language rights-miner's canary or mariner's tern?
Teresa L. McCarty
Part II: Language Documentation
(5) The goals of language documentation
Richard Rhodes and Lyle Campbell
(6) Documentation, linguistic typology, and formal grammar
Keren Rice
(7) The design and implementation of documentation projects for spoken languages
Shobhana Chelliah
(8) Endangered sign languages: An introduction
James Woodward
(9) Design and implementation of collaborative language documentation projects
Racquel-María Sapién
(10) Tools and technology for language documentation and revitalization
Keren Rice and Nick Thieberger
(11) Corpus compilation and exploitation in language documentation projects
Ulrike Mosel
(12) Writing grammars of endangered languages
Amber Camp, Lyle Campbell, Victoria Chen, Nala H. Lee, Matthew Lou-Magnuson, and Samantha Rarrick
(13) Compiling dictionaries of endangered languages
Kenneth L. Rehg
(14) Orthography design and implementation for endangered languages
Michael Cahill
(15) Language archiving
Andrea L. Berez-Kroeker and Ryan E. Henke
(16) Tools from the ethnography of communication for language documentation
Simeon Floyd
(17) Language documentation in diaspora communities
Daniel Kaufman & Ross Perlin
(18) Ethics in language documentation and revitalization
Jeff Good
Part III: Language Revitalization
(19) Approaches to and strategies for language revitalization
Leanne Hinton
(20) Comparative analysis in language revitalization practices: addressing the challenge
Gabriela Pérez Báez, Rachel Vogel, and Eve Okura Koller
(21) The linguistics of language revitalization: Problems of acquisition and attrition
William O'Grady
(22) New media for endangered languages
Laura Buszard-Welcher
(23) Language recovery paradigms
Alan R. King
(24) Myaamiaataweenki: Revitalization of a sleeping language
Daryl Baldwin and David J. Costa
(25) Language revitalization in kindergarten: A case study of Truku Seediq language immersion
Apay Tang
(26) Mâori: Revitalisation of an endangered language
Jeanette King
(27) Language revitalization in Africa
Bonny Sands
(28) Planning minority language maintenance: challenges and limitations
Sue Wright
Part IV: Endangered Languages and Biocultural Diversity
(29) Congruence between species and language diversity
David Harmon and Jonathan Loh
(30) Sustaining biocultural diversity
Luisa Maffi
(31) Traditional and local knowledge systems as language legacies critical for conservation
Will C. McClatchey
(32) Climate change and its consequences for cultural and language endangerment
Christopher P. Dunn
(33) Interdisciplinary language documentation
Gary Holton
(34) Why lexical loss and culture death endanger science
Ian Mackenzie and Wade Davis
Part V: Looking to the Future
(35) Funding the documentation and revitalization of endangered languages
Susan Penfield
(36) Teaching linguists to document endangered languages
Carol Genetti
(37) Training language activists to support endangered languages
Nora C. England
(38) Designing mobile applications for endangered languages
Steven Bird
(39) Indigenous language use impacts wellness
Alice Taff, Melvatha Chee, Jaeci Hall, Millie Yéi Dulitseen Hall, Kawenniyóhstha Nicole Martin, Annie Johnston
David Crystal

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