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A fascinating and at times moving account of how languages die
Illuminating and unique -- The Observer Travel
A powerful and important book... His celebration of linguistic diversity is compelling, his diagnosis of its demise devastating.' -- Sunday Times
I recommend Mr Ableys book. -- Sunday Telegraph
If you instinctively inveigh against blandness and uniformity, this is an essential read. -- Guardian
any book which awakens our indifference is to be welcomed, particularly one so well-written and lively -- New Statesman
Both fascinating and moving, award-winning journalist Mark Abley's travels to visit the world's dying and threatened languages and the people who speak them. Last Chance to See, but of languages rather than animals. (2003-04-02)See all Product Description
Funny, informative, sad, insightful, fascinating...
It's not a dry academic tome - linguistics and language regeneration can be a dry topic but Abley works wonders... Read more
I'm not a linguist but I do speak several languages, mostly smatterings of each and I understand the difficulties of translation from one to another and the frustration of not... Read morePublished on 18 Oct. 2007 by Wyvernfriend
At first when I started reading this book I found it a very moving account of the plight of endangered languages. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2005 by N. Jones
Language is often credited with being the cement binding a culture. A people can adapt legends from outside, even a religion or two. Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2005 by Stephen A. Haines
Riveting. I've stayed up until the wee hours reading this, not wanting morning to come. A collection of true but sad stories of linguistic metamorphases and the of extinction... Read morePublished on 5 Feb. 2005
Because I had an English education, I don't speak any language other than English, but I am fascinated by languages, and eager to learn about them if not actually to learn them. Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2005 by tinybulcher