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on 4 December 2007
What would you feel if you were the last fluent speaker of a language, say, English? We hardly pay attention to such a question; sadly, neither do most of the speakers until their languages become endangered. Anyway, history tells us that never take it for granted that the major global languages such as English will be still spoken in AD3000. If you don't believe me, take a look at this book. This book tries to explain the underlying factors that account for the insidious extinction of the world's languages. It also offers a few concrete suggestions to save the endangered languages. I almost read this book from cover to cover, and really enjoyed it.
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on 12 July 2009
Kind of book anyone with conservation a concern should read - including animal conservationists and ecologists. Minority languages and their impending doom is discussed here.

Very readable and based on sound research this book gives you the ingnored and somtimes encouraged tradedgy of language extinction. The human story behind the loss of language is told impartially here, yet its saddness is very apparent.

What should be done to arrest the decline in language diverstity is also dicussed and the economic and ecological advantages to linguistic diverence is clearly shown.

Anyone interested in people, language, the economy and ecology will find this a facintating read. Thoroughly recomended.
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on 10 May 2003
A truly fascinating and impassioned overview of the state of the world's languages today, which does not shrink from addressing all the issues involved. This book analyses the reasons why languages are disappearing, why it matters and what we can do about it. Upon finishing this book I felt moved and inspired by the obvious commitment and passion of the authors on this topical global issue.
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