Endangered language varieties: Vernacular speech and linguistic standardization in Brazilian Portuguese

Gregory R. Guy, Ana M.S. Zilles

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    Abstract

    THE CENTRAL MOTIVATIONS for the attention paid to endangered languages by linguists and social scientists are twofold: above all there is concern for language as the embodiment or manifestation of the culture and history of the speakers and for the risk to that social and cultural heritage of a people that language loss entails. In addition, there is the professional concern of linguists at the loss of typological evidence about human linguistic capacity and specific evidence about the nature of the endangered language. And the preferred resolution for both of these concerns is to promote the preservation- or failing that, the documentation-of languages at risk.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationSustaining Linguistic Diversity
    Subtitle of host publicationEndangered and Minority Languages and Language Varieties
    PublisherGeorgetown University Press
    Pages53-66
    Number of pages14
    Volume9781589014169
    ISBN (Electronic)9781589014169
    ISBN (Print)9781589011922
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

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    • Social Sciences(all)

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    Guy, G. R., & Zilles, A. M. S. (2008). Endangered language varieties: Vernacular speech and linguistic standardization in Brazilian Portuguese. In Sustaining Linguistic Diversity: Endangered and Minority Languages and Language Varieties (Vol. 9781589014169, pp. 53-66). Georgetown University Press.