Ryukyuan Language Crisis (Hardcover) by Heinrich Patrick Anderson Mark
|Brand||Cambridge Scholars Publishing|
|Author||Patrick Heinrich Mark Anderson|
|Number of Pages||355 pages|
|Publisher / Label||Cambridge Scholars Publishing|
|Size||21.30 cm x 2.80 cm x 2.80 cm|
Long denigrated as dialects of Japanese the Ryukyuan languages are today recognized as languages in their own right. However speakers of Ryukyuan languages have suffered from stigmatization oppressive language policies and domination from outside the Ryukyu Archipelago. As a result the Ryukyuan languages are now severely endangered. This volume depicts roughly in chronological order aspects which have led to the language crisis in the Ryukyus today. Taking account of these factors is important because endangered languages can only be maintained and revitalized on the basis of a comprehensive understanding of why these languages became endangered in the first place. The chapters of this book have been written by leading experts in Ryukyuan sociolinguistics and the scope encompasses the entire field. It sheds light on the dark side of language modernization on a misplaced obsession with monolingualism and on Japan's difficulties in surmounting its invented self-image.