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Linguistic Ecology: Language Change and Linguistic by Peter Muhlhausler PDF

By Peter Muhlhausler

ISBN-10: 0415056357

ISBN-13: 9780415056359

during this e-book, the writer examines the transformation of the Pacific language area less than the effect of colonization, westernization and modernization. via concentrating on the linguistic and socio-historical alterations of the earlier 2 hundred years, it goals to convey a brand new size to the research of Pacific linguistics, which up before has been ruled by means of questions of ancient reconstruction and language typology. not like the normal portrayal of linguistic swap as a common approach, the writer makes a speciality of the cultural and historic forces which force language switch. utilizing the metaphor of language ecology to provide an explanation for and describe the advanced interaction among languages, audio system and social perform, the writer seems to be at how language ecologies have functioned some time past to maintain language range, and, at what occurs whilst these ecologies are disrupted. while many of the examples utilized in the booklet are taken from the Pacific and Australian zone, the insights derived from this sector are proven to have international functions. The textual content can be helpful for linguists and all these attracted to the big scale lack of human language.

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