ANTH 252: Language Death (and Revival)


Dalby, A. (2003) Language in Danger: The Loss of Linguistic Diversity. New York: Columbia University Press. Chapter 6: When We Lose a Language.   In course packet.    Wednesday 29 November.     Presented by Cecilia.

Assessment #3 Question (Due Friday 14 December)

Why, according to Dalby, should we be concerned about language death? How does his formulation of the question raise the same issue as the first article we read, by Saussure? In light of what we've learned about the complex relation between language and thought, language and culture, etc., does Dalby's argument (in this chapter) seem strong enough to you, or is there more to be said?

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