Language and Poverty

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Wayne Harbert, Sally McConnell-Ginet
Multilingual Matters, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 225 pages
This volume explores the complex interactions of language with economic resources. How does poverty affect language survival? How is the economic status of individuals affected by the languages they do or do not speak? The authors address these questions from multiple perspectives, drawing on linguistics, language policy and planning, economics, anthropology, and sociology.
 

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Contents

Poverty as a Crucial Factor in Language Maintenance and Language Death Case Studies from Africa
23
Language Diversity and Poverty in Africa
37
Language as a Determinant of Access to Resources
51
The Impact of the Hegemony of English on Access to and Quality of Education with Special Reference to South Africa
53
Econolinguistics in the USA
67
Where in the World is US Spanish? Creating a Space of Opportunity for US Latinos
78
Perpetuating Inequality Language Disadvantage and Capability Deprivation of Tribal Mother Tongue Speakers in India
102
Language and Poverty A Crossdisciplinary Perspective
125
Biodiversity Linguistic Diversity and Poverty Some Global Patterns and Missing Links
127
Language and Poverty Measurement Determinants and Policy Responses
147
Losing the Names Native Languages Identity and the State
161
Language Poverty and the Role of the Linguist
181
The Role of the Linguist in Language Maintenance and Revitalization Documentation Training and Materials Development
183
Preserving Digital Language Materials Some Considerations for Community Initiatives
202
Conclusion
223
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Wayne Harbert is Professor of Linguistics, Cornell University. In addition to his research on the Germanic languages, he teaches Welsh and Scottish Gaelic, as well as courses on minority languages and linguistics.
Sally McConnell-Ginet, Professor Emerita of Linguistics at Cornell University, has taught and done research in formal semantics/pragmatics and in language and gender. She is Past President of the Linguistic Society of America.
Amanda Miller, Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Cornell University, works on the phonetics and phonology of endangered Southern African Khoesan languages. She undertakes linguistic field work in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.
John Whitman, Professor and Chair of Linguistics at Cornell University, works on syntactic variation and language change. His research includes work with endangered minority languages of Japan (Ryûkyûan), Korea (Kyeongsang-do dialect), and the People's Republic of China (Tibetan, Bai).

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