Language Death and Language Maintenance


Language Death and Language Maintenance

Theoretical, Practical and Descriptive Approaches

Mark Janse &  Sijmen Tol 2003

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Languages are dying at an alarming rate all over the world. Estimates range from 50% to as much as 90% by the end of the century. This collection of original papers tries to strike a balance between theoretical, practical and descriptive approaches to language death and language maintenance. It provides overviews of language endangerment in Africa, Eurasia, and the Greater Pacific Area. It also presents case studies of endangered languages from various language families. These descriptive case studies not only provide data on the degree of endangerment and the causes of language death, but also provide a general sociolinguistic and typological characterization the language(s) under discussion and the prospects of language maintenance (if any). The volume will be of interest to all those concerned with the ongoing extinction of the world’s linguistic diversity.


“[…] an excellent collection. More works of this kind are needed if we are to get true grasp of the magnitude and extent of the endangered language issue.”

Mike Cahill on Linguist List 14-824, July 2003