Saving Languages: An Introduction to Language Revitalization

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Cambridge University Press, 2005 M11 3
Language endangerment has been the focus of much attention and as a result, a wide range of people are working to revitalize and maintain local languages. This book serves as a general reference guide to language revitalization, written not only for linguists and anthropologists, but also for language activists and community members who believe they should ensure the future use of their languages, despite their predicted loss. Drawing extensively on case studies, it sets out the necessary background and highlights central issues such as literacy, policy decisions, and allocation of resources. Its primary goal is to provide the essential tools for a successful language revitalization program, such as setting and achieving realistic goals, and anticipating and resolving common obstacles. Clearly written and informative, Saving Languages will be an invaluable resource for all those interested in the fate of small language communities around the globe.

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Issues in language revitalization
Models for revitalization
Case studies
Creating a language program
Online resources
Index of languages

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About the author (2005)

Lenore A. Grenoble is Professor of Russian and Linguistics at Dartmouth College, Hanover.

Lindsay J. Whaley is Professor of Classics and Linguistics at Dartmouth College, Hanover.

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