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LING 1100: The Death of Language (Spring 2017): More Reference

Research Guide for Carol-Rose Little's First-Year Writing class.

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Ethnologue: Languages of the World. 19th ed. M. Paul Lewis, Gary F. Simons, and Charles D. Fennig, eds. Dallas: SIL International, 2016.
(Online. Print, 15th edition: Olin Reference P 371 .E83 2005)
The Ethnologue is a catalog of more than 6,900 languages spoken in 228 countries. Entries represent separate languages or probable languages (highly divergent "dialects") according to their best sources. Each entry lists number of speakers, alternate names, language family, where spoken, religion of speakers, etc. Search by virtually any variation of language name or dialect.
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Encyclopedia of the World's Endangered Languages. Christopher Moseley, ed. London: Routledge, 2007.
(Kroch Asia Reference P 40.5 .L332 E45 2007)
"[P]rovides a five-grade scale of the level of endangerment for languages around the world. After a general introd. that covers possible causes for language extinction, each chapter addresses the linguistic situation in a particular geographic region, followed by specific languages in alphabetical order, their precise geographic range, and a ranking (potentially endangered, endangered, seriously/severely endangered, moribund, extinct). The scale is based on the age of fluent speakers and the presence of language use in social institutions." [Guide to Reference]

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