Gunter Senft, ed. 2010. Endangered Austronesian and Australian Aboriginal Languages: Essays on language documentation, archiving and revitalization. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics 618, vi + 221 pp. ISBN 978-085-88-3623-5. $Aust. 66.00 (Australia), $Aust. 60.00 (elsewhere), paper. Most of the papers in this volume represent the output of a session on endangered languages and cultures held at the 6th Conference of the European Society for Oceanists in 2005. Senft's introduction to the book begins with a quote that reads as a call to arms: "When a people no longer dares to defend its language, it is ripe for slavery" (1). The papers in the volume, however, are not particularly political in their orientation, but rather span almost every major topic relating to language endangerment and documentation: the language-culture interface, archiving, technological advances, and field reports on particular projects and regions, as well as curriculum development. The one thread that holds the papers together is that they relate to Australian languages and the Austronesian of the Pacific. The only area that is most clearly lacking in the collection is issues of linguistic description and language change. Thus, for those expecting linguistic data, this volume will not offer as much as it will
Oceanic Linguistics – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Dec 29, 2012
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