Have you ever wondered what is really happening to minority languages of Northeast Asia and which efforts are being taken both by “westerners” and local people to preserve and promote them?
Would you like to discover, uncover, and tackle deep linguistic questions of such small but highly important languages such as Khamnigan Mongol, Wutun, Sartul-Buryat, Tofan and Sakhalin Ainu, just to mention a few? Would you like to know how simple smart phone apps can help communities to preserve, love and use their native language?
This book, containing a rich selection of contributions on various aspects of language endangerment, emic and etic approaches at language preservation, and contact-linguistics, is an important contribution to the Unesco's Indigenous Languages Decade, which has right now started (2022-2032).
Elisabetta Ragagnin, Ph.D., University of Mainz, is Associate Professor of Turkic and Mongolic studies in the Department of Asian and North African Studies at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Her main research fields are Turkic and Mongolic linguistics and philology. Her publications include the monograph Dukhan, a Turkic Variety of Northern Mongolia: Description and Analysis (Harrassowitz, 2011), the only existing grammar of this endangered linguistic variety.
Bayarma Khabtagaeva, Ph.D., habil., University of Szeged, is lecturer of Mongolic studies at the University of Naples "L'Orientale". Her main research fields are historical linguistics, language contact, and Altaic studies. Among her monographs are Mongolic elements in Tuvan (Harrassowitz, 2009), The Ewenki Dialects of Buryatia and their Relationship to Khamnigan Mongol (Harrassowitz, 2017) and Language Contact in Siberia: Turkic, Mongolic, and Tungusic Loanwords in Yeniseian (Brill, 2019).
Departments of linguistics, language documentation, Asian languages, academic libraries, specialists, graduate and post-graduate students, practitioners.