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Endangered Languages: Beliefs and Ideologies in Language Documentation and Revitalization

Peter K. Austin and Julia Sallabank


Over the few past centuries, and the last 65 years in particular, there has been a remarkable reduction in global linguistic diversity, as people abandon minority language varieties and switch to larger, and what they perceive to be more economically, socially and politically powerful, regional or national languages. In addition, governments have been promoting standardised official languages for use in schooling, media, and bureaucracy, often under a rubric of linguistic unity supporting national unity. The last two decades have seen a significant increase in interest in minority languages an ... More

Keywords: Endangered languages, beliefs and ideologies, language documentation, language revitalization, language policy, language practices, linguistic diversity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780197265765
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265765.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter K. Austin, editor
Märit Rausing Chair in Field Linguistics, SOAS, University of London

Julia Sallabank, editor
Senior Lecturer in Language Support and Revitalization,, SOAS, University of London

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1 Introduction

Peter K. Austin & Julia Sallabank

Part 1 Case Studies: Beliefs and Ideologies in Endangered Language Communities

3 Fluidity in Language Beliefs*

Chryso Hadjidemetriou

Part 2 Language Documentation and Revitalization: What and Why?

Part 3 From Local to International: Interdisciplinary and International Views

16 Conflicting Goals, Ideologies, and Beliefs in the Field*

Lenore A. Grenoble & Simone S. Whitecloud