Book notice: When Languages Die

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Wed Jan 31 15:36:45 UTC 2007

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When Languages Die
The extinction of the world's languages and the erosion of human knowledge
2007 Oxford University Press

Author: K. David Harrison
Hardback: ISBN: 9780195181920 Pages: 304 Price: U.S. $ 29.95

Speakers of thousands of the world's languages are now switching to
speaking global tongues, abandoning their ancestral tongues at an
unprecedented rate. As these languages vanish, what exactly is being lost?
This book highlights the complex systems of knowledge embedded in
language, and shows their loss, on the individual and global scales.
Language abandonment is a loss not only to the communities, but to the
scholars of every field, and to humanity as a whole.


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