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Adamawa  

Ulrich Kleinewillinghöfer

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Mar 2020
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May 2020
The so-called “Adamawa” languages are spoken in the sub-Saharan savannah belt, along the Upper Benue and its tributaries and in isolated pockets in southern Chad. Insufficient documentation ... More

Afterword  

David Crystal

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
This afterword looks back over the articles in the book, using a developmental metaphor to identify the stage that endangerment linguistics seems to have reached. Pure and applied aspects ... More

Anything Can Happen: The Verb Lexicon and Interdisciplinary Fieldwork  

Nicholas Evans

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
The centrality of language in human life means we cannot document any language without understanding all the spheres of knowledge it is used to talk about. Equally, undocumented languages ... More

Approaches to and Strategies for Language Revitalization  

Leanne Hinton

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
There are many paths language revitalization can take, but they are not mutually exclusive. A central aspect of language revitalization is the creation of new speakers. One path is for ... More

Assessing Degrees of Language Endangerment  

Nala H. Lee and John R. Van Way

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
The need for accurate measures of language endangerment is now more important than ever, given the global problem of language endangerment. In this chapter, different vitality measures are ... More

Atlantic  

Friederike Lüpke

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Mar 2020
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May 2020
Atlantic is one of the controversial branches of the Niger-Congo language family. Both its validity as a genetic group and its internal classification are far from being settled. The ... More

Audio and Video Recording Techniques for Linguistic Research  

Anna Margetts and Andrew Margetts

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
This article gives an account of practical issues with audio and video recordings in a fieldwork setting, based on real-life experiences. In addition to some standard recommendations, it ... More

Bantu and Bantoid  

Lutz Marten

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Mar 2020
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May 2020
The Bantu family is the largest African language family in terms of geographic and demographic spread: the 450–500 Bantu languages are spoken in 27 countries, by about 240 million speakers. ... More

Berber  

Maarten Kossmann

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Mar 2020
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May 2020
Berber languages are a close-knit language group within Afro-Asiatic. In Berber scientific and political discourse, there is a tendency to play down the differences, and often Berber is ... More

Botanical Collecting  

Barry J. Conn

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
This article illustrates the requirement of plants and their association with people. Since plants are a very important part of the material and cultural heritage of all communities, those ... More

Central Cushitic  

Zelealem Leyew

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Mar 2020
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May 2020
This chapter describes the Central Cushitic (hereafter CC) language family, one of four branches of Cushitic. CC, traditionally known as Agäw, contains four languages: Awŋi, Bilin, ... More

Central Sudanic  

Pascal Boyeldieu

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Mar 2020
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May 2020
The Central Sudanic family consists of some sixty languages that are spoken in the center of Africa. According to Greenberg, who coined the label, it is part of the Nilo-Saharan phylum ... More

Chadic  

Bernard Caron

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Mar 2020
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May 2020
The Chadic family is best known by Hausa and its 45 million speakers, while the other 170 or so languages count between 500,000 and a few thousand. Given their common genetic origin, what ... More

Climate Change and Its Consequences for Cultural and Language Endangerment  

Christopher P. Dunn

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
Climate change is arguably one of the most pressing issues facing humanity. The implications for natural ecological (terrestrial and marine) and agricultural systems are enormous. The ... More

Cognitive Linguistics and Anthropological Linguistics  

Gary B. Palmer

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Jun 2010
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Sep 2012
Emotion language has been the object of intensive study in recent years, both in cognitive linguistics and in anthropology. Cognitive and anthropological linguists are struggling to parse ... More

Comparative Analysis in Language Revitalization Practices: Addressing the Challenge  

Gabriela Pérez Báez, Rachel Vogel, and Eve Okura

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
Language revitalization aims at reversing language shift. This chapter seeks to expand knowledge about ongoing efforts to sustain the use of languages by means of a study that goes beyond ... More

Compiling Dictionaries of Endangered Languages  

Kenneth L. Rehg

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
Dictionaries play an essential role in documenting and conserving endangered languages. However, many such languages lack dictionaries, for a variety of reasons. A fundamental one is that ... More

Congruence Between Species and Language Diversity  

David Harmon and Jonathan Loh

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
Numerous studies have confirmed that there is a striking congruence between the global distributions of species diversity and language diversity. In both, richness and diversity generally ... More

Copyright and Other Legal Concerns  

Paul Newman

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
Copyright and other legal concerns are enumerated in this article. Fieldworkers normally think of copyright as something that they will have to deal with later when they have returned home ... More

Corpus Compilation and Exploitation in Language Documentation Projects  

Ulrike Mosel

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Sep 2018
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Aug 2018
This chapter analyzes the specific characteristics of corpora of endangered languages from a corpus linguistic perspective. Therefore it starts with a definition of the central notions of ... More

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