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Language Crisis in the Ryukyus: The Price for Being Japanese?
By Mark Anderson (editor) and Patrick Heinrich (editor)
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Publisher Cambridge Scholars Pub
Publication date November 1, 2014
Pages 334
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781443866514
ISBN-10 1443866512
Dimensions 1.25 by 6 by 8.25 in.
Weight 1.35 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $90.95
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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.

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9781443866514 | details & prices | 334 pages | 6.00 × 8.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $90.95
About: Long denigrated as dialects of Japanese, the Ryukyuan languages are today recognized as languages in their own right.

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