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[from Margaret Florey]

Endangered Languages of Austronesia (Oxford University Press, 2009), edited by Margaret Florey, is now published.

Many of the languages in the diverse and linguistically rich Austronesian language family are undocumented and endangered. This book draws together research from authors actively involved in language documentation to provide a critical account of current knowledge. It considers the linguistic effects of government policies and socioeconomic changes, describes the variety of responses by linguists to the language endangerment crisis and emphasizes realistic and practical solutions and interventions.

The editor's introduction draws out the key issues and themes. An overview of the Austronesian language family then examines the historical relations between the languages, their diversity, and their distribution in the region, and reviews the state of the documentation of languages. Individual chapters are devoted to the revitalization of languages in Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, East Timor, and Vanuatu.

Order requests: bookorders.uk@oup.com
£80, 304 pages, Maps, Tables, Figures; ISBN 978-0-19-954454-7

Contents and Contributors

Part I Overview
1: Margaret Florey: Introduction
2: Alexander K. Adelaar: An Overview of Language Documentation in the Austronesian World

Part II Linguistic Vitality: Theory, Assessments, and Challenges
3: Nikolaus P. Himmelmann: Language Endangerment Scenarios: A Case Study From Northern Central Sulawesi
4: Charles E. Grimes: Digging for the Roots of Language Death in Eastern Indonesia: The Cases of Kayeli and Hukumina
5: I. Wayan Arka: Maintaining Vera in Rongga: Struggles Over Culture, Tradition, and Language in Modern Manggarai-Indonesia
6: Thomas N. Headland: Why the Philippine Negrito Languages are Endangered

Part III Capacity Building and Revitalization Initiatives
7: Margaret Florey and Nikolaus Himmelmann: New Directions in Field Linguistics: Training Strategies for Language Documentation in Indonesia
8: Nick Thieberger: Anxious Respect for Linguistic Data: The Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC) and the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD)
9: Hannah Vari-Bogiri: Language Work in Vanuatu
10: John Hajek and John Bowden: Waima'a: Challenges for Language Description and Maintenance in East Timor
11: Peter Sercombe: Challenges Facing Eastern Penan in Borneo

Part IV Pedagogical Approaches to Revitalization and Maintenance
12: D. Victoria Rau and Meng-Chien Yang: Digital Transmission of Language and Culture: Rethinking Pedagogical Models for e-learning
13: Julie Barbour: Language Documentation and Literacy Development: The Neverver Literacy Project
14: Catherine Young: First Language Education in Multilingual Contexts

Index of Subjects
Index of Place Names
Index of Languages

The Authors

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