Last Speakers The Quest to Save the World's Most Endangered Languages

ISBN-10: 1426204612
ISBN-13: 9781426204616
Edition: 2010
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: National Geographic
Publication date: 9/21/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Part travelogue and part scientist's notebook,The Last Speakersis the poignant chronicle of author K. David Harrison's expeditions around the world to meet with last speakers of vanishing languages. The speakers' eloquent reflections and candid photographs reveal little-known lifeways as well as revitalization efforts to teach disappearing languages to younger generations. Thought-provoking and engaging, this unique book illuminates the global language-extinction crisis through photos, graphics, interviews, traditional wisdom never before translated into English, and first-person essays that thrillingly convey the adventure of science and exploration.

Wade Davis was named one of the Explorers for the Millennium by the National Geographic Society. He is an anthropologist and ethnobotanist whose books include the international bestsellerThe Serpent and the Rainbow. K. David Harrison is a linguist whose work with endangered languages is receiving national attention. He conducts expeditions to remote places around the world in his study of global language loss.

Introduction
Becoming a Linguist
Siberia Calling
The Power of Words
Where the Hotspots Are
Finding Hidden Languages
Six Degrees of Language
How Do Stories Survive?
Breaking Out in Song
When a World Is Running Down
Saving Languages
Acknowledgments
Glossary
Notes
Index

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