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By Margaret Florey

Austronesian is the biggest language family members in the world: a few 1300 languages, 20% of the world's overall, are spoken by way of 270 million humans in a quarter that extends from Easter Island within the Pacific 10,000 miles west to Madagascar off the coast of Africa. some of the languages during this assorted and linguistically wealthy area are undocumented and in coming near near probability of extinction. This ebook presents a severe account of present wisdom, studies the kingdom of the documentation of languages within the quarter, and considers the linguistic results of presidency guidelines and financial switch. The editor's advent attracts out the major matters and topics. an summary of the Austronesian language family members then examines the historic family members among the languages, their range, and their distribution within the sector and describes the character and goals of latest learn. person chapters are then dedicated to the revitalization of languages in Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, East Timor, and Vanuatu.This pioneering account of 1 of the world's such a lot linguistically wealthy areas bargains path and impetus to analyze in linguistics and anthropology, and holds out the technique of saving many endangered languages and cultures.

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The Rongga language and culture became marginalized through various historical circumstances in colonial times and during Suharto’s New Order regime (see Arka 2007b and in this volume). 17 Helong is currently the focus of a three year long documentation project by John Bowden. Helong is an endangered language spoken by a few thousand speakers in the region of Kupang, the administrative centre of West Timor. Apart from collecting Helong data, Bowden will also make a comparative study of language change in three Helong dialects and train staff and students at universities in Kupang in language documentation.

Org). org; SIL Indonesia Branch: info_indonesia@sil. org. 4 Documentary Linguistic Projects in Madagascar Madagascar has a population of about 14 million (Rasoloson and Rubino 2005:456). 7 Its traditional language, Malagasy, is spoken in a large number of dialects which are by and large mutually intelligible. These dialects are usually represented as coinciding with ethnic distinctions (the ‘tribes’) bearing the same name, but in reality they often do not. For instance, the Sakalava and Betsimisaraka tribes each speak several dialects which are not significantly closely related.

Org; SIL Indonesia Branch: info_indonesia@sil. org. 4 Documentary Linguistic Projects in Madagascar Madagascar has a population of about 14 million (Rasoloson and Rubino 2005:456). 7 Its traditional language, Malagasy, is spoken in a large number of dialects which are by and large mutually intelligible. These dialects are usually represented as coinciding with ethnic distinctions (the ‘tribes’) bearing the same name, but in reality they often do not. For instance, the Sakalava and Betsimisaraka tribes each speak several dialects which are not significantly closely related.

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