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Title Mass Language Extinction, and Documentation: The Race Against Time.
Description:Offprint. M. Krauss presents his views on the impending global mass language extinction. A short history of efforts to adress and publicize the problem. Global total number of languages spoken. Classifying and counting languages as "safe", endangered or moribund. Language size distribution, extreme instability. Prevention of language loss, linguists' role. Reasons for preventing language loss: Ethical arguement, scientific arguement, biological arguement or "logosphere". A tragedy quite unnecessary. Documentation and the linguists' role. Documentation goals and priorities.Priorities within linguistics. Cost of documentation.
19 pp.
Citation Endangered Languages of the Pacific Rim.2001 C002. Lectures on Endangered Languages:2 -from Kyoto Conference 2000-.
Osaka Gakuin University, Osaka, Japan.
Contributors Krauss, Michael E. (author)
Type Text
LingType endangerment
Files: G961K2001.pdf

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