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Linguistic Vitality, Endangerment, and Resilience

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Title: Linguistic Vitality, Endangerment, and Resilience
Authors: Roche, Gerald
Keywords: language endangerment
language vitality
linguistic resilience
resilience
Issue Date: Aug 2017
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Citation: Roche, Gerald. 2017. Linguistic vitality, endangerment, and resilience. Language Documentation & Conservation 11: 190–223.
Abstract: The concept of “resilience” originated in both ecology and psychology, and refers to the propensity of a system or entity to “bounce back” from a disturbance. Recently, the concept has found increasing application within linguistics, particularly the study of endangered languages. In this context, resilience is used to describe one aspect of long-term, cyclical changes in language vitality. Proponents of “resilience linguistics” argue that understanding long-term patterns of language vitality can be of use in fostering resilience in, and therefore maintenance of, endangered languages. This article takes a critical look at these proposals, based on the examination of long-term trends in the Monguor and Saami languages.
Pages/Duration: 34 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24733
ISSN: 1934-5275
Rights: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
Appears in Collections:Volume 11 : Language Documentation & Conservation



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