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    On the Death and Life of Languages (Odile Jacob Books) (Paperback) By (author) Claude Hagège, Translated by Jody Gladding

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    DescriptionTwenty-five languages die each year; at this pace, half the world's five thousand languages will disappear within the next century. In this timely book, Claude Hagege seeks to make clear the magnitude of the cultural loss represented by the crisis of language death. By focusing on the relationship of language to culture and the world of ideas, Hagege shows how languages are themselves crucial repositories of culture; the traditions, proverbs, and knowledge of our ancestors reside in the language we use. His wide-ranging examination covers all continents and language families to uncover not only how languages die, but also how they can be revitalized - for example in the remarkable case of Hebrew. In a striking metaphor, Hagege likens languages to bonfires of social behaviour that leave behind sparks even after they die; from these sparks languages can be rekindled and made to live again.

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    On the Death and Life of Languages
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Claude Hagège, Translated by Jody Gladding
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 404 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300167870
    ISBN 10: 0300167873

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LAN
    BIC subject category V2: CFB, JHMC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S1.5
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    DC22: 417.7
    BISAC V2.8: SOC005000
    Abridged Dewey: 390
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15610
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC classification: GT
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010
    BIC subject category V2: CBX
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: JHMC, CFB, CBX
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    01 March 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Claude Hagege is the Chair of Linguistic Theory at the College de France in Paris. He is the author of more than fifteen books and the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Gold Medal from Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Jody Gladding is an award-winning poet and translator, and author of Stone Crop, which appeared in the Yale Younger Poets Series.
    Review quote
    "'Innovative perspectives on the life and death of languages by a leading French intellectual.' Bookseller 'On the Death and Life of Languages... is a wake-up call, covering languages across the globe, from Cornish to the polyglot brew of Papua New Guinea.' Andrew Robinson, New Scientist"