New PDF release: Africa's Endangered Languages: Documentary and Theoretical

By Jason Kandybowicz,Harold Torrence

ISBN-10: 0190256346

ISBN-13: 9780190256340

really little is understood approximately Africa's endangered languages. in contrast to indigenous languages in Australia, North Asia, and the Americas, that are predominantly threatened via colonizers, African languages are threatened so much instantly via different neighborhood languages. accordingly, the specter of language extinction is perceived as reduce in Africa than in different elements of the globe, and a disproportionate volume of study is dedicated to the examine of endangered African languages in comparison to the other linguistically threatened sector on the earth. There are nearly 308 hugely endangered languages spoken in Africa (roughly 12% of all African languages) and a minimum of 201 extinct African languages. This quantity hopes to light up and problem this trend.
Chapters provide either documentary and theoretical views, emphasizing the symbiotic courting among the 2 methods and its implications for the renovation of endangered languages, either within the African context and extra commonly. Documentary-oriented chapters take care of key concerns in African language documentation together with language protection and revitalization, group activism, and knowledge assortment and dissemination methodologies, between others. Theoretically-oriented chapters supply special descriptions and analyses of phonetic, phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic phenomena, and fasten those to present theoretical matters and debates. Africa's Endangered Languages presents thorough assurance of a continent's missed languages that would spur linguists and Africanists alike to paintings to guard them.

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