Endangered Languages of Austronesia

Hardcover | December 12, 2009

EditorMargaret Florey

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Austronesian is the largest language family on earth: Some 1300 languages, 20% of the world's total, are spoken by 270 million people in a region that extends from Easter Island in the Pacific 10,000 miles west to Madagascar off the coast of Africa. Many of the languages in this diverse andlinguistically rich region are undocumented and in imminent danger of extinction. This book provides a critical account of current knowledge, reviews the state of the documentation of languages in the region, and considers the linguistic effects of government policies and economic change. Theeditor's introduction draws out the key issues and themes. An overview of the Austronesian language family then examines the historical relations between the languages, their diversity, and their distribution in the region and describes the nature and aims of contemporary research. Individualchapters are then devoted to the revitalization of languages in Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, East Timor, and Vanuatu.This pioneering account of one of the world's most linguistically rich regions offers direction and impetus to research in linguistics and anthropology, and holds out the means of saving many endangered languages and cultures.

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Austronesian is the largest language family on earth: Some 1300 languages, 20% of the world's total, are spoken by 270 million people in a region that extends from Easter Island in the Pacific 10,000 miles west to Madagascar off the coast of Africa. Many of the languages in this diverse andlinguistically rich region are undocumented an...

Margaret Florey is an experienced field linguist with endangered languages in eastern Indonesia. She is actively involved in advocacy and international capacity building activities with members of Indigenous communities. Her research interests include the minority languages of the Austronesian and Australian language families, languag...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.01 inPublished:December 12, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Overview1. Margaret Florey: Introduction2. Alexander K. Adelaar: An Overview of Language Documentation in the Austronesian WorldPart II: Linguistic Vitality: Theory, Assessments, and Challenges3. Nikolaus P. Himmelmann: Language Endangerment Scenarios: A Case Study From Northern Central Sulawesi4. Charles E. Grimes: Digging for the Roots of Language Death in Eastern Indonesia: The Cases of Kayeli and Hukumina5. I. Wayan Arka: Maintaining Vera in Rongga: Struggles Over Culture, Tradition, and Language in Modern Manggarai-Indonesia6. Thomas N. Headland: Why the Philippine Negrito Languages are Endangeredpart III: Capacity Building and Revitalization Initiatives7. Margaret Florey and Nikolaus Himmelmann: New Directions in Field Linguistics: Training Strategies for Language Documentation in Indonesia8. Nick Thieberger: Anxious Respect for Linguistic Data: The Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC) and the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD)9. Hannah Vari-Bogiri: Language Work in Vanuatu10. John Hajek and John Bowden: Waima'a: Challenges for Language Description and Maintenance in East Timor11. Peter Sercombe: Challenges Facing Eastern Penan in BorneoPart IV: Pedagogical Approaches to Revitalization and Maintenance12. D. Victoria Rau and Meng-Chien Yang: Digital Transmission of Language and Culture: Rethinking Pedagogical Models for e-learning13. Julie Barbour: Language Documentation and Literacy Development: The Neverver Literacy Project14. Catherine Young: First Language Education in Multilingual ContextsIndex of SubjectsIndex of Place NamesIndex of Languages