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The Journeys of Besieged Languages (Hardback, Unabridged edition)

Edited by Rewi, Poia
Edited by Higgins, Rawinia

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This volume allows 13 besieged languages to tell their own stories by way of their consummate battles with languages that dominate their traditional spaces and ways of thinking.

ISBN 9781443899437
Published 1 January 2016 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Format Hardback, Unabridged edition
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ISBN-13 9781443899437
ISBN-10 1443899437
Stock Out of stock
Status Price is unspecified
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Imprint Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication Date 1 January 2016
International Publication Date 1 November 2016
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, Unabridged edition
Edition Unabridged edition
Author(s) Edited by Rewi, Poia
Edited by Higgins, Rawinia
Category Sociolinguistics
Anthropology
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Maori
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 148mm
Height: 212mm
Spine: 33mm
Weight 612g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Linguistics
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade
Dewey Code 306.44
Catalogue Code 991377

Description of this Book

This volume allows 13 besieged languages to tell their own stories by way of their consummate battles with languages that dominate their traditional spaces and ways of thinking. It tells of the value of these languages through linkages with the past and present and where continuation of this might further share those values with wider audiences beyond the current language users. As such, the book captures a discourse on the existence of minority languages in countries and states where they are under threat by the 'Governing' language.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Written in a variety of styles, from the recounting of personal experiences through to highly technical analyses, the overall result is a fascinating picture of the major concerns surrounding threatened languages, and includes compelling arguments for continuing and expanding the efforts to rejuvenate them, ways of assessing the dangers they face, and suggestions and illustrations of what has succeeded and what hasn't. [...] [T]his book is an accessible and absorbing contribution to a very topical issue, and it should be of considerable interest to both the general reader and the specialist. Tony ChapelleFlaxFlower Reviews, 27.06.2017

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Author's Bio

After receiving an MA in New Zealand History, Dr Delyn Day began learning the Maori language at the University of Otago, New Zealand. For the past two years, she has worked as a policy analyst for Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Maori (the Maori Language Commission).Dr Poia Rewi is Dean of Te Tumu (the School of Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies) at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. He has been lecturing in the area of Maori and Indigenous studies since 1992, and holds a BSocSci and an MA in Maori from Waikato University, New Zealand, and a PhD in Maori Studies from the University of Otago. His areas of interest include the Maori language, Maori customary practices, and Maori performing arts.Dr Rawinia Higgins is Pro-Vice Chancellor of Maori at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She has been an academic since 1994, and her interests cover Maori language; policy, status, acquisition, maintenance, identity and rights; Maori customary practices; performing arts and moko; and Maori tribal histories and politics. As a corollary of her academic career experience and research, she has published and presented on a range of topics, as well as being contracted to undertake research projects for the Kohanga Reo National Trust (a national pre-school Maori language immersion initiative) and Te Ataarangi (a national adult Maori language learning programme). Beyond the academic context, she has engaged with Maori stakeholders throughout the country, assisting with local tribal research on asset management and lending advice on academic and social development. She is also a Board member of Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Maori (the Maori Language Commission) and Te Mangai Paho (the Maori Broadcasting Commission).

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