Title When Languages Die The Extinction of the World's Languages and the Erosion of Human Knowledge. Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics.
Publisher New York Oxford University Press
Date 2007
Book ID 32973
First Edition  


As new in as new dust-wrapper. 304pp.. With in-text b/w illustrations Used; Like New "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 started to accelerate as the world has grown smaller. Harrison spans the globe from Siberia, to North America, to the Himalayas and elsewhere, to look at the human knowledge that is slowly being lost as the languages that express it fade from sight. He uses fascinating anecdotes and portraits of some of these languages' last remaining speakers. Harrison's book is a testament not only to the pressing issue of language death, but to the remarkable span of human knowledge and ingenuity"
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