Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages by Mark AbleySpoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages by Mark Abley

Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages

byMark Abley

Paperback | April 4, 2005

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In Spoken Here, Mark Abley takes us on a world tour from the Arctic Circle to Oklahoma to Australia in a fervent quest to document some of the world's most endangered languages. His mission is urgent: Of the six thousand languages spoken in the world today, only six hundred may survive into the next century. Abley visits the exotic and frequently remote locales that are home to fading languages and constructs engaging and entertaining portraits of some of the last living speakers of these tongues. Throughout this exhilarating travelogue, he points out that the same forces that put biological species at risk - development, globalization, loss of habitat - are also threatening human languages, and with them, something very basic about their speakers' cultures.
Mark Abley, an award-winning journalist, writes for the Montreal Gazette, the Times Literary Supplement, and other publications. He speaks English, French, and a little Welsh. His previous book, Spoken Here, was named a Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and Discover magazine. He won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005 fo...
Title:Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened LanguagesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:April 4, 2005Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0618565833

ISBN - 13:9780618565832


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Fascinating look at endangered languages and the role they play in our culture and environment. A great, interesting read. Well written, so the material isn't even a tiny bit dry.
Date published: 2017-05-22

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"Gracefully written, funny, and frequently heartbreaking."