The Vanishing Languages of the Pacific Rim

Hardcover | April 12, 2007

EditorOsahito Miyaoka, Osamu Sakiyama, Michael E. Krauss

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This book presents the first comprehensive survey of the languages of the Pacific rim, a vast region containing the greatest typological and genetic diversity in the world. It includes the littoral regions of North and South America, Australasia, east and south-east Asia, and Japan, as well asthe Pacific itself. As its languages decline and disappear, sometimes without trace, this rich linguistic heritage is rapidly eroding.In The Vanishing Languages of the Pacific Rim distinguished scholars report on the current state of the region's languages and provides a critical survey of the current state of the region's languages. They show what is currently known and recorded and what remains to be examined and documented.They consider which languages are the most vulnerable to extinction and what steps that can be taken to save them. Their analyses range from the regional to the local and focus on languages in a wide variety of social and ecological settings. Together they make a compelling case for research throughout the region, and show how and where this needs to be done.

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This book presents the first comprehensive survey of the languages of the Pacific rim, a vast region containing the greatest typological and genetic diversity in the world. It includes the littoral regions of North and South America, Australasia, east and south-east Asia, and Japan, as well asthe Pacific itself. As its languages declin...

Osahito Miyaoka is Professor of Linguistics, Osaka Gakuin University in Japan, having previously been chair of linguistics at Kyoto and Hokkaido Universities. He was the founding editor of Languages of the North Pacific Rim (Volume 1, 1994) and in 1999 set up the Japanese Project of Endangered Languages of the Pacific Rim at Kyoto Uni...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:548 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.3 inPublished:April 12, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019926662X

ISBN - 13:9780199266623

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Part I1. Michael E. Krauss: Mass Language Extinction, and Documentation: The Race Against Time2. Bernard Comrie: Documenting and/or Preserving Endangered Languages3. Colette Grinevald: Linguistic Fieldwork Among Speakers of Endangered Languages4. David Bradley: Language Policy and Language Rights5. Toshihide Nakayama: Using Written Records to Revitalize North American Languages6. Marcellino Berardo, and Akira Y. Yamamoto: Indigenous Voices and the Linguistics of Language Revitalization7. Peter Muhlhausler and Sabine Ehrhart: Pidgins and Creoles in the8. Osahito Miyaoka: Linguistic Diversity in Decline: A Functional ViewPart IISouth Pacific (Rim)9. Yoshiho Yasugi: Languages of Middle America10. Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald: Languages of the Pacific Coast of South America11. Oscar E. Aguilera F.: Fuegian Languages12. Michael Walsh: Indigenous Languages of Australia13. Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and Tonya N. Stebbins: Languages of New Guinea14. Osamu Sakiyama: Languages of the Pacific Region: Malayo-PolynesianSoutheast Asia15. Naomi Tsukida and Shigeru Tsuchida: Indigenous Languages of Formosa16. David Bradley: Languages of Mainland South-East Asia17. Dory Poa and Randy J. LaPolla: Minority Languages of China18. Shinji Sanada and Yukio Uemura: Japanese Dialects and RyukyuanNorthern Pacific Rim19. Hiroshi Nakagawa and Osami Okuda: Nivkh and Ainu20. Toshiro Tsumagari, Megumi Kurebito, and Fubito Endo: Siberia: Tungusic and Paleosiberian21. Michael E. Krass: Native Languages of Alaska22. Honore Watanabe and Fumiko Sasama: Languages of the Northwest Coast23. Leanne Hinton: Languages of California24. Kumiko Ichihashi-Nakayama, Yukihiro Yumitani, and Akira Y. Yamamoto: Languages of the South-West United States