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Speak Not: Empire, Identity and the Politics of Language

Speak Not: Empire, Identity and the Politics of Language (Hardback)

By Griffiths, James

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As globalisation continues languages are disappearing faster than ever, leaving our planet's linguistic diversity leaping towards extinction. Despite that the science of how languages are acquired is becoming more advanced and the internet is bringing us new ways of teaching the ...next generation, it is increasingly challenging for minority languages to survive in the face of a handful of hegemonic 'super-tongues'. In Speak Not: Empire, identity and the politics of language, Griffiths reports from the frontlines of the battle to preserve minority languages, from his native Wales, Hawaii and indigenous American nations, to southern China and Hong Kong. He will consider the revival of the Welsh language and propose it as a blueprint for how to ensure new generations are not robbed of their linguistic heritage; outline how loss of indigenous languages is the direct result of colonialism and globalisation; and examine how technology is both hindering and aiding the fight to prevent linguistic extinction. Introducing readers to compelling characters and examining how indigenous communities are fighting for their languages, Griffiths ultimately explores how languages hang on, what happens when they don't, and how indigenous tongues can be preserved and brought back from the brink.
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ISBN 9781786999696
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Hardback
Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-14 working days

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ISBN-13 9781786999696
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Zed Books Ltd
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Griffiths, James
Category Sociolinguistics
Bilingualism & Multilingualism
Historical & Comparative Linguistics
Indigenous Peoples
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Number of Pages 264
Dimensions Width: 158mm
Height: 240mm
Dewey Code 305.7
Weight 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Linguistic minorities, Language attrition - Prevention, Language revival
NBS Text Linguistics
ONIX Text General/trade