Reversing Language Shift: Theoretical and Empirical by Joshua A. Fishman

By Joshua A. Fishman

This booklet is ready the speculation and perform of advice to speech-communities whose local languages are threatened simply because their intergenerational continuity is continuing negatively, with fewer and less audio system (or readers, writers or even understanders) each new release. more often than not, this publication is set why so much efforts to opposite language shift are just indifferently profitable at top, and outright mess ups or maybe contra-indicated and destructive undertakings at worst. It makes an attempt to diagnose such problems and to prescribe ameliorative and restorative efforts in a sociolinguistically knowledgeable means. It attracts upon the event of previous and present practitioners of language recovery, it reports pertinent sociolinguistic study and conception, it examines a pretty big variety of situations of tried reversals of language shift on a number of continents, and it seeks to indicate a extra rational, systematic method of what has frequently hitherto been a essentially emotion-laden, "let's test every thing we almost certainly can and maybe whatever will work", kind of commitment.

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Ecolinguistics: Language, Ecology and the Stories We Live By by Arran Stibbe

By Arran Stibbe

The more and more fast destruction of the ecological structures that help lifestyles is asking into query a number of the basic tales that we are living by means of: tales of limitless fiscal development, of consumerism, development, individualism, luck, and the human domination of nature.

Ecolinguistics exhibits how linguistic research can assist show the tales we are living through, open them as much as query, and give a contribution to the hunt for brand new tales. Bringing jointly the most recent ecolinguistic experiences with new theoretical insights and sensible analyses, this publication charts a brand new path for ecolinguistics as an engaged type of serious enquiry. Featuring:
A framework for realizing the idea of ecolinguistics and making use of it virtually in genuine life;
Exploration of various issues from consumerism in way of life magazines to jap nature haiku;
A finished word list giving concise descriptions of the linguistic phrases utilized in the book;
Discourse research of a variety of texts together with newspapers, magazines, ads, motion pictures, nonfiction books, and visible images.
This is vital analyzing for undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers operating within the parts of Discourse research and Language and Ecology.

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Les jeunes marocains et leur langue by Jan Jaap De Ruiter

By Jan Jaap De Ruiter

Ce livre traite de l. a. state of affairs sociolinguistique des jeunes Marocains au début du troisième millénaire. Après de longues années d'arabisation, les attitudes des jeunes Marocains ayant suivi le programme éducatif du Maroc sont assez positives à l'égard de l. a. langue arabe littéraire, mais cette même langue ne fait pas vraiment partie de leur vie quotidienne. l. a. langue française lui fait encore une grande concurrence et les langues maternelles, l'arabe dialectal et l'amazigh ou le berbère, sont encore les langues de communique quotidienne par excellence.

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Probabilistic Linguistics by Rens Bod, Jennifer Hay, Stefanie Jannedy

By Rens Bod, Jennifer Hay, Stefanie Jannedy

For the prior 40 years, linguistics has been ruled by way of the concept that language is specific and linguistic competence discrete. It has develop into more and more transparent, although, that many degrees of illustration, from phonemes to condemn constitution, express probabilistic houses, as does the language school. Probabilistic linguistics conceptualizes different types as distributions and perspectives wisdom of language now not as a minimum set of specific constraints yet as a suite of gradient principles which may be characterised by means of a statistical distribution. while express ways specialize in the endpoints of distributions of linguistic phenomena, probabilistic ways specialise in the gradient center floor. Probabilistic linguistics integrates the entire growth made by way of linguistics to date with a probabilistic perspective.

This e-book provides a accomplished creation to probabilistic techniques to linguistic inquiry. It covers the applying of probabilistic strategies to phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, language acquisition, psycholinguistics, old linguistics, and sociolinguistics. it is usually an educational on basic likelihood idea and probabilistic grammars.

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The Language Myth: Why Language Is Not an Instinct by Vyvyan Evans

By Vyvyan Evans

Language is significant to our lives, the cultural device that arguably units us except different species. a few scientists have argued that language is innate, a kind of specified human 'instinct' pre-programmed in us from beginning. during this booklet, Vyvyan Evans argues that this obtained knowledge is, actually, a fantasy. Debunking the idea of a language 'instinct', Evans demonstrates that language is expounded to different animal varieties of verbal exchange; that languages express mind-blowing variety; that we examine our mom tongue drawing on normal houses and talents of the human brain, instead of an inborn 'universal' grammar; that language isn't self reliant yet is heavily regarding different points of our psychological lives; and that, eventually, language and the brain mirror and draw upon the best way we have interaction with others on the planet. Compellingly written and drawing on state of the art examine, The Language delusion units out a forceful replacement to the acquired knowledge, displaying how language and the brain particularly work.

'A much-needed, finished critique of common grammar. Vyvyan Evans builds a compelling case that would be tricky to refute.' David Crystal, writer of The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Language, third edition

'Evans' rebuttal of Chomsky's common grammar from the point of view of cognitive linguistics presents a superb antidote to renowned textbooks the place it really is assumed that the Chomskyan method of linguistic conception (in one avatar or one other) has by some means been vindicated as soon as and for all.' Michael Fortescue, Professor Emeritus, college of Copenhagen

'The Language fable builds a compelling case that there's no innate common grammar. Evans's paintings is a welcome contribution to our knowing of the beginning, nature, and use of human language.' Daniel L. Everett, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Bentley collage

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English as a Contact Language (Studies in English Language) by Daniel Schreier, Marianne Hundt

By Daniel Schreier, Marianne Hundt

Fresh advancements in touch linguistics recommend substantial overlap of branches equivalent to ancient linguistics, variationist sociolinguistics, pidgin/creole linguistics, language acquisition, and so forth. This publication highlights the complexity of contact-induced language switch in the course of the historical past of English by means of bringing jointly state-of-the-art study from those fields. distinct concentration is on contemporary debates surrounding substratal effect in prior types of English (particularly Celtic impression in previous English), on language shift tactics (the formation of Irish and out of the country kinds) but additionally on dialects involved, the touch origins of ordinary English, the concept of latest epicentres in international English, the function of youngsters and adults in language switch in addition to move and language studying. With contributions from major specialists, the booklet deals clean and fascinating views for study and is while an up to date evaluation of the state-of-the-art within the respective fields.

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