Africa's Endangered Languages: Documentary and Theoretical by Jason Kandybowicz,Harold Torrence

By Jason Kandybowicz,Harold Torrence

quite little is understood approximately Africa's endangered languages. in contrast to indigenous languages in Australia, North Asia, and the Americas, that are predominantly threatened by means of colonizers, African languages are threatened such a lot instantly by way of different neighborhood languages. for that reason, the specter of language extinction is perceived as reduce in Africa than in different components of the globe, and a disproportionate volume of analysis is dedicated to the learn of endangered African languages when put next to the other linguistically threatened area on this planet. There are nearly 308 hugely endangered languages spoken in Africa (roughly 12% of all African languages) and no less than 201 extinct African languages. This quantity hopes to light up and problem this trend.
Chapters provide either documentary and theoretical views, emphasizing the symbiotic courting among the 2 ways and its implications for the upkeep of endangered languages, either within the African context and extra widely. Documentary-oriented chapters take care of key matters in African language documentation together with language renovation and revitalization, group activism, and knowledge assortment and dissemination methodologies, between others. Theoretically-oriented chapters supply distinctive descriptions and analyses of phonetic, phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic phenomena, and attach those to present theoretical matters and debates. Africa's Endangered Languages presents thorough assurance of a continent's missed languages that would spur linguists and Africanists alike to paintings to guard them.

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