It is written by one of the leading figures in language documentation, and draws on a wealth of vivid examples from his own field experience Brings conceptual issues vividly to life by weaving in portraits of individual 'last speakers' and anecdotes about linguists and their discoveries. There are other points where the book could have used more attention from the editor. Language Myths, Penguin Books, pp. In no way is this book dry or academic. Your Mind in Mine: Social Cognition in Grammar. It brings conceptual issues vividly to life by weaving in portraits of individual 'last speakers' and anecdotes about linguists and their discoveries.
That's why we should care. Keys to Decipherment: How Living Languages Can Unlock Forgotten Scripts. The scientific parts are solid and easy to follow, with a great diversity in languages and studies examples are derived from. Modestly yet persuasively, Evans has thrown down an intellectual guantlet. Written by one of the leading figures in language documentation, this fascinating book explores what humanity stands to lose as a result. Dying Words also focuses largely on the world of Australian aboriginal languages, which we all should know more about.
And can the process be halted? I can't help now but to wonder what there is to know, but that which we cannot know because of a language we don't speak. Australian linguist Nicholas Evans born 1956 in is an Australian linguist and a leading expert on endangered languages. I don't know, but I will urge them to try it. This is the kind of book that might cause a young undergraduate student to seek a career in the linguistics field. The next century will see more than half of the world's 6,000 languages become extinct, and most of these will disappear without being adequately recorded. His research Interests include Australian languages, , , and , , and the mutual influence of language and culture. I don't know, but I will urge them to try it.
Trellises of the Mind: How Language Trains Thought. Yet each language contains its own philosophy, knowledge, and cultural assumptions. Oceanic Linguistics 44 1 , pp. He is the author of a number of books, including Bininj Gun-wok 2 volumes, 2001 , Archaeology and Linguistics: Aboriginal Australia in Global Perspective co-edited with Patrick McConvell, 1998 , and A Grammar of Kayardild 1992. Evans maintains a style which is thought-provoking without being overbearing. In addition to his linguistic research he has carried out more applied work in Australian Aboriginal communities in various capacities including interpreting and preparing anthropologists' reports in Native Title claims, and writing about the new art being produced by artists from Bentinck Island. Epilogue: Sitting in the Dust, Standing in the Sky.
Epilogue: Sitting in the Dust, Standing in the Sky. For those linguistic bent, this is an absolutely rewarding read. Melbourne: Oxford University Press Australia. Keys to Decipherment: How Living Languages Can Unlock Forgotten Scripts. What do we lose when we lose a language? He is on the editorial boards of the journals Linguistic Typology and Australian Journal of Linguistics , and on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen. In exploring what humanity stands to lose with the onset of massive language extinction, Dying Words considers a variety of connected issues: how can we can best respond to the challenge of recording and documenting these fragile oral traditions while they are still with us? Part V: Listening While We Can. With luck, it will encourage them to go out and do likewise.
Travels in the Logosphere: Hooking Ancient Words onto Ancient Worlds. Language loss is going to happen in our continually globalizing world, but what can we do to stem the tide of extinction? Much of the book recapitulates my linguistics studies - which is not a bad thing! A Note on the Presentation of Linguistic Material. Formerly, he was Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne. Listen to this episode This is one of our classic episodes. With luck, it will encourage them to go out and do likewise. Intertwining anecdote and narrative with concepts of linguistics, Evans touches upon the need for awareness about the plight of the world's languages without unnecessary dramatics.
I found the experience of reading Dying Words to be an exciting one. In spite of suggestions in the introduction that Evans is writing for a fairly popular audience for example, he describes phonetic transcription and glossing as if the reader doesn't know , it swiftly becomes clear that he is writing for a university audience that has at least basic training in linguistics. It is supported with good bibliographies which will generate further interest in its readers through the examples it discusses. He gives us a huge mosaic of the dwindling storehouse of human discovery that is our languages. With luck, it will encourage them to go out and do likewise. He has worked on a wide variety of Australian Aboriginal languages as linguist, anthropologist and interpreter, and has recent extended his fieldwork into Papuan languages of the Trans-Fly region.
It is supported with good bibliographies which will generate further interest in its readers through the examples it discusses. Click the link to support the show, and get bonus audio, video, blog posts, and merch! I often wanted Evans to expand on something fascinating the connection between decreased language diversity and state formation; the specificity of words relating to the natural environment in Aboriginal languages and the impact of that linguistic data on land rights claims; social pressures engendering the widespread use of sign languages by hearing people in a number of cultures , but he'd usually move on. I recommend this book to any person with an enquiring mind, prepared to be astonished by the variety of languages, living and dead, which enrich our world. I had no idea that languages could be so different, or say so much about a culture's history and mindset. Travels in the Logosphere: Hooking Ancient Words onto Ancient Worlds. This compelling book asks what the cost is to our collective intellectual heritage with the death of these languages. I found the experience of reading Dying Words to be an exciting one.