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FW: Vital Voices: Endangered Languages and Multilingualism - new book

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  • Don Osborn
    FYI (fwd from lgpolicy-list) The Foundation for Endangered Languages held its tenth conference in Mysore, India in October 2006, in collaboration with the
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 20, 2007
      FYI (fwd from lgpolicy-list)

      The Foundation for Endangered Languages held its tenth conference in Mysore, India in October 2006, in collaboration with the Central Institute for Indian Languages. It concerned the effects of multilingualism on smaller languages. A crucial question was how far poorly-conceived language planning policies may actually contribute to environmental imbalance and instability, dangers that are often very little understood. Endangered languages need support to develop in the face of new demands, including the increased bi- and multi-lingualism coming from globalization, urbanization and language contact.

      The title 'Vital Voices' underlines our contention that the survival and development of endangered languages are necessary for humanity’s future, however endangered they may look amidst the statistics generated for policy in our globalized economy.

      The proceedings of the conference are now available, in a joint edition with CIIL, entitled "Vital Voices: Endangered Languages and Multilingualism" and edited by R. Elangaiyan, R. McKenna Brown, Nicholas Ostler and Mahendra K. Verma.(ISBN 9780953824885)

      It is an 196-page volume, and the contents look like this:

      U.N. Singh Foreword
      R. Elangaiyan, McKenna Brown, Nicholas Ostler, M.K. Verma Preface,

      Map of Language Locations by Page Number
      Index of Authors
      Note on Spelling of Clicks
      Index of Languages and Families

      Section 1 Keynote Address
      Lachman Khubchandani Languages Threatened in a Plural Framework – Dialectics of Speech Variation & Globalization

      Section 2 Outlining the Danger
      Basantarani Haobam Multilingualism Endangered

      Section 3 Extreme Endangerment
      Hugo C. Cardoso Challenges to Indo-Portuguese across India
      Paul Monaghan Wirangu and Gugada – The survival chances of two neighbouring Australian languages

      Section 4 Effects of Contact
      Umberto Ansaldo & Lisa Lim Globalization as a means to empowerment for minority voices Malay in Sri Lanka
      Chaithra Puttaswamy Contact and Convergence in Malto
      Elena Benedicto Language loss to a non-existent enemy – The case of the Tuahka

      Section 5 Roles of Religion & Documentation
      Begoña Echeverria Speaking in tongues, saving souls – Religion in the 'resurrection' and death of endangered languages
      David A. Hough Beyond Linguistic documentation – Giving New Breath to Indigenous Voices
      Abhishek Avtans & Anvita Abbi Language documentation in Andamans – Highs and Lows

      Section 6 Literacy & Revitalization
      Inam Ullah Future of Torwali – Speaking migrants in the urban areas of Pakistan
      Stephen Morey Small languages in a polylingual situation – The case of Turung
      Sipos, Maria On the possibilities of revitalising the Synya dialect of Khanty language

      Section 7 Majority-Minority relationship
      R. Elangaiyan Strategies proposed for arresting language endangerment in India
      Ronald P. Schaefer and Francis O. Egbokhare On Profiles of Use for Majority Languages in Southern Nigeria

      Section 8 Development & Changes
      Victoria June Stockton Carving Both Sides – Globalization in Education Reform and Language Politics
      Maya Khemlani David Language Maintenance or Language Shift? A sociolinguistic study of the Temuan in urban Kuala Lumpur
      Kemmonye C. Monaka & Gregory. H. Kamwendo Linguistic minorities and marginalization in Botswana

      Section 9 Cooperation with Neighbour Languages
      Khadim Hussain Bahria Language Shift in the Minority Swat Kohistani Community – The Case of Ushojo
      Hakim Elnazarov Multilingualism in Pamir – Challenges of Preservation and Revitalization

      Section 10 Emerging Complexity & Community Language Support
      Yankee Modi The complexity and emergence of Hindi as Lingua Franca in Arunachal Pradesh
      Nina Dobrushina Multilingualism in Archi – Communication, self-identification and social prestige
      Kavita rastogi Challenges and Responses to the Survival of a Tribal Language 'Raji'
      Christine Schreyer Re-orientations in Language Planning – A "language-as-cultural-resource" model from a Canadian First Nation

      Udaya Narayana Singh The Sense of Danger – Some Reflections on Language Endangerment


      Copies are now available, at 20 pounds sterling ($40 US, 30 euro) apiece (including surface postage and packing). For air-mail dispatch, please add 7.50 pounds/$15.00/10 euro. Cheaper prices are available to FEL members. (Purchasers in South Asia should apply to CIIL: S.B. Biswas <biswas@...>, specifying ISBN 81-7342-173-0.)

      You can pay by
      - a cheque (in pounds sterling) payable to "Foundation for Endangered Languages".
      - a check (in US $) payable to "Nicholas Ostler".
      - proof of having sent an equivalent sum in your own currency to the society’s account, "Foundation for Endangered Languages", Account no: 50073456, The Cooperative Bank (Sort code: 08-90-02), 16 St. Stephen's Street, Bristol BS1 1JR, England.
      - or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, EuroCard), enclosing Card number, Expiry date (month | year), Name (as on card), and Address (as on card).

      To expedite delivery, please send orders to the address below.

      Christopher Moseley <chrismoseley50@...>
      9 Westdene Crescent, Caversham Heights, Reading RG4 7HD, England

      Nicholas Ostler

      Chairman, Foundation for Endangered Languages
      Registered Charity: England and Wales 1070616
      172 Bailbrook Lane, Bath, BA1 7AA, England
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