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Unesco - Atlas of the Worlds Languages in Danger of Disappearing

Unesco - Atlas of the Worlds Languages in Danger of Disappearing

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Published by: José Oliveira Junior on Jul 19, 2011
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of the
World’s Languages
Danger of
Editor: Stephen A. WurmCartographer: Ian Heyward
UNESCO wishes to acknowledge the assistance of the JapaneseMinistry of Foreign Affairs, through the UNESCO/Japan TrustFund for the Preservation of the Intangible Cultural Heritage,in thepublication of this Atlas. The Organization alsoexpresses its gratitude to the Department of Linguistics of theAustralian National University, Canberra, for its invaluablesupport to this undertaking.The authors are responsible for the choice and thepresentation ofthe facts contained in this book and for theopinions expressed therein, which are not necessarily those of UNESCO and do not commit the Organization. Thedesignations employed and the presentation of material throughout this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of UNESCO concerning thelegal status of any country, territory, city or area or of itsauthorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers orboundaries.Published in 2001 by the United Nations Educational,Scientific and Cultural Organization,7 place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SPTypeset by Susanne Almeida-KleinISBN 92-3-103798-6© UNESCO 1996, 2001(ISBN first edition: 92-3-103255-0 )
In contrast to the first edition, the present edition has five parts:(1) an introduction detailing developments in the study of endan-gered languages since 1996; (2) a description of the phenomenonof language endangerment and the death of languages; (3) a shortreport on efforts undertaken by the scientific community, in partin co-operation with UNESCO, to describe and record endangeredlanguages; (4) a fairly detailed overview of language endanger-ment and death in all major parts of the world; and (5) a small atlas of fourteen maps, some of which are new, and others of which have been revised, updated and expanded from the mapsthat appeared in the first edition.The period between the publication of the first edition of this
(1996) and this second edition has been characterized by anunprecedented expansion in the study of languages in danger of disappearing in many places. This has, in part, been due to theappearance of a very popular, easily accessible
addressed tothe educated layman and of course to linguists. Its popularity inmany parts of the world led to wide, unexpected media interestwith press, telephone, radio and television interviews that werebroadcast widely. Interested in supporting the study of languagesin danger of disappearing since 1992, the UNESCO Sector forCulture welcomed an approach by a sister agency, the Inter-national Council of Philosophy and Humanistic Studies (CIPSH),and agreed to provide funds. It also backed the publication of 
Preface and introduction to the second edition

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