LINA02H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Endangered Language Fund, List Of Languages By Number Of Native Speakers, Adamawa Region

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UTSC
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Linguistics
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LINA02H3
UNESCO General Assembly, 1993:
“Although its exact scope is not yet known, it
is certain that the extinction of languages is
progressing rapidly in many parts of the
world, and it is of the highest importance
that the linguistic profession realize that it
has to step up its descriptive efforts.
(Crystal:vii)
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Endangered Language Fund, 1995:
“Languages have died off throughout history, but
never have we faced the massive extinction that is
threatening the world right now. As language
professionals, we are faced with a stark reality:
Much of what we study will not be available to
future generations. The cultural heritage of many
people is crumbling while we look on. Are we
willing to shoulder the blame for having stood by
and done nothing?
(Crystal: vii)
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Foundation of Endangered Languages, 1995
“There is agreement among linguists who have
considered the situation that over half of the
world’s languages are moribund, i.e. not
effectively being passed on to the next generation.
We and our children, then, are living at the point
in human history where within perhaps two
generations, most languages in the world will die
out.
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Languages have died off throughout history, but never have we faced the massive extinction that is threatening the world right now. As language professionals, we are faced with a stark reality: Much of what we study will not be available to future generations. The cultural heritage of many people is crumbling while we look on. Are we willing to shoulder the blame for having stood by and done nothing? (crystal: vii) www. notesolution. com. There is agreement among linguists who have considered the situation that over half of the world"s languages are moribund, i. e. not effectively being passed on to the next generation. And why now: why is the death of a language important, can anything be done, should anything be done? www. notesolution. com. Cameroon"s adamawa province in 1994-95, i came across a number of moribund languages for one of these languages, kasabe. only one remaining speaker, bogon, was found . i november 1996 i returned to the.