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ERIC Number: EJ173749
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Publication Date: 1977
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Language Death or Language Suicide?
Denison, Norman
Linguistics, 191, 13-22, May 24 77
A discussion of disappearing and no longer used languages in anthropomorphic metaphors "language death" and "language suicide." Three stages in the disappearance of several specific languages are described. Ultimately, the direct cause of "language suicide" is not disappearance of rules but disappearance of speakers; parents stop teaching the language to their children. (AMH)
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