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Title:Two perceptions of endangeredness

The paper contrasts two perceptions of a language being "endangered".

On the one hand, there are the academic and administrative definitions of various stages of "endangeredness" - on the other hand, there are the perceptions of the speakers themselves.

  • The "UNESCO red book" definitions, for instance, include three categories of being "endangered", from (1) "seriously endangered" to (2) "endangered", and (3) "potentially endangered". Categories such as these are widely being used.
  • What the speakers themselves perceive about the future of their language may, however, differ from the status that tends to be assigned to the language from an academic or administrative perspective.

The paper illustrates such differences with samples from the survey of little-known languages of Ethiopia. The focus however, will be on the status of Beja, a N.E. African "major" language which constitutes a "minority" in three countries.

Contributor (author):Wedekind, Klaus
Date (W3CDTF):2005
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/58779
Extent:8 pages
Identifier (URI):http://www.kwedekind.de/Eingang1/Biblio1.htm
Language (ISO639):eng
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):EG
Subject:Beja language
Language endangerment
Subject (ISO639):bej
Type (DCMI):Text
Type (OLAC):language_description


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Citation: Wedekind, Klaus. 2005. SIL Language and Culture Archives.
Terms: area_Africa area_Europe country_GB country_SD dcmi_Text iso639_bej iso639_eng olac_language_description

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Country: Sudan
Area: Africa

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