Bedrohte Vielfalt. Aspekte des Sprach(en)tods – Aspects of language death
Wohlgemuth, J., & Dirksmeyer, T. (Eds.
(2005). Bedrohte Vielfalt. Aspekte des Sprach(en)tods – Aspects of language death
. Berlin: Weißensee.
About 5,000 languages are spoken in the world today. More than half of them have less than 10,000 speakers, a quarter of them even fewer than 1,000. The majority of these “small” languages will not live to see the end of this century; some estimates predict that no more than a dozen languages will still be spoken by the turn of the next millennium.
This collection of papers approaches the subject of language extinction through five major topics: general aspects of language death, case studies, endangered subsystems, language protection and revitalization, language ecology. In 24 articles, the authors address the causes, manifestations, and consequences of language endangerment and extinction as well as the linguistic and social changes associated with it, drawing examples from a large number of languages.
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