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The Last Speakers

Author : K. David Harrison
ISBN : 9781426206689
Genre : Social Science
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Part travelogue and part scientist's notebook, The Last Speakers is the poignant chronicle of author K. David Harrison's expeditions around the world to meet with last speakers of vanishing languages. The speakers' eloquent reflections and candid photographs reveal little-known lifeways as well as revitalization efforts to teach disappearing languages to younger generations. Thought-provoking and engaging, this unique book illuminates the global language-extinction crisis through photos, graphics, interviews, traditional wisdom never before translated into English, and first-person essays that thrillingly convey the adventure of science and exploration.

The Speakers Library

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ISBN : CHI:19565743
Genre : American poetry
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Sociolinguistics A Very Short Introduction

Author : John Edwards
ISBN : 9780199858637
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Sociolinguistics deals with the social life of language, language in its sociocultural context. It is a branch of linguistics that looks less at the shape or sound of words--morphology or phonology--and more at how our words and sentences are influenced by the society around us--for instance, how the accent or the dialect we use has been shaped by where we come from or which social class we belong to. In this Very Short Introduction, John Edwards offers the most up-to-date brief overview available of sociolinguistics, with side trips into the sociology of language and psycholinguistics. He considers such topics as the different social evaluations of languages and dialects, the loaded significance of names, and the importance of politically-driven language planning and policy. The relationship between language and gender, sexist language, the language of poverty, and the intertwining of language and religion are also dealt with here. Edwards stresses that, while linguists see all dialects as equally valid, in the wider world powerful attitudes have always placed language varieties in social hierarchies. The author also looks at language more broadly, examining the ways in which languages rise or fall, the attempts to revive flagging or endangered varieties, the reasons why some languages came to dominate others, and the special dynamics that affect contact between "big" and "small" languages. In both its role as our most powerful tool of communication and as the most immediate symbolic marker of human affiliation, language is pre-eminently a social phenomenon. This compact volume offers an invaluable introduction to this vital aspect of language. About the Series: Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.

2 001 Most Useful English Words For Spanish Speakers

Author : Pablo Garcia Loaeza
ISBN : 9780486476223
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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Presents common English words, including contemporary terms related to the Internet and digital technology, with definitions, sentences to demonstrate usage, and Spanish translations, along with lists by category and tips for students.

Language Rights

Author : Vanessa Pupavac
ISBN : 9781403940865
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Speech is core to our humanity and fundamental to our capacity to assert political rights, and determine what is just and unjust. Rights therefore mean little if they do not relate to speech. But what are language rights? What language or speech is defended? How do language rights relate to each other? This book explores these questions and examines language rights politics in theoretical, historical and international context, bringing together debates from law, sociolinguistics, international politics, and the history of ideas. It includes a critical exploration of the following issues: Language rights as linguistic identity rights, International linguistic human rights in theory and practice, Language rights advocacy and global governance, Linguistic imperialism and global English debates, National language politics and global governance in Bosnia, The emerging field of ecolinguistics, Hate speech and counter-terrorism legislation. The author looks at how, why and where freedom of speech is endangered, and argues that international language rights advocacy supports the global governance of language and questions freedoms of speech and expression.

The Commons And Their Speakers In English Parliaments 1376 1523

Author : John Smith Roskell
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Last Words

Author : Margot Schwass
ISBN : 9781877242342
Genre : Social Science
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A short book about different practices for acknowledging death in the different cultures and religions currently in New Zealand. While it is designed for use by nurses and doctors, chaplains, funeral directors, police, hospice workers and community workers, the book is also intended for general readers.

The Parliamentary History Of England From The Earliest Period To The Year 1803

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ISBN : CHI:27672944
Genre : Great Britain
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Includes information from the Norman conquest through the 1st session of the 2d Parliament.

Cobbett S Parliamentary History Of England

Author : William Cobbett
ISBN : UOM:39015087741081
Genre : Great Britain
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The Parliamentary History Of England From The Earliest Period To The Year 1803

Author : William Cobbett
ISBN : HARVARD:HXJ2GG
Genre : Great Britain
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