Documenting Language Loss and Endangerment

Research Tools and Approaches

Authored by: Joseph Lo Bianco

Handbook of Heritage, Community, and Native American Languages in the United States

Print publication date:  January  2014
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415520669
eBook ISBN: 9780203122419
Adobe ISBN: 9781136332494

10.4324/9780203122419.ch6

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Abstract

Support for endangered languages grew rapidly in the early 1990s, the result mainly of research documenting an accelerating rate of global language loss. While efforts to redress language attrition are probably quite ancient, the past two decades have seen redoubled energy devoted to research and practical action on reversing language loss, producing ever more sophisticated analytical tools, creation of specialized agencies, and increased opportunities for discussing the phenomenon. This chapter discusses such international efforts to document and support endangered languages with a view to informing thinking about language vitality in the U.S. context and internationally.

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