By: Abley, Mark

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Half the world's languages are threatened with extinction over the next cen tury, as English and the rest of the world's top twenty languages drive all before them. What ways of looking at the world will die along with them, w hat cultural riches, what experiences, histories and memories?And how does it feel to be one of the last remaining speakers of a languages that is on its way to extinction? What chance is there of saving any of these language s? And is it feasible in the long term or even worthwhile?Mark Abley's jour neys among the speakers of languages at the brink takes him to Aboriginal A ustralia (where he meets the last surviving fluent male speaker of Mati Ke, who cannot speak to the only other fluent speaker, as she is his sister an d in their culture it is forbidden to speak to siblings once one has reache d puberty), and to American Indian reservations, as well as to places where the languages are fighting back - Wales, the Faeroe islands, the Isle of M an - as well as charting the triumphant return of Hebrew.


Author Name: Abley, Mark

Categories: Travel Writing,

Publisher: Cornerstone: 2005

ISBN Number: 009946022X

ISBN Number 13: 9780099460220

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

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