Abstract

Salikoko Mufwene’s (2017) ‘Language vitality’ ranges across many topics related to language endangerment and loss (LEL). In this response, I agree that linguists do need a theory of the reasons LEL occurs, if we are to be effective in aiding communities with language maintenance and revitalization. I argue that there is an existing, important literature on language loss and language revitalization and reclamation. Finally, I argue that there is good reason to believe that indigenous minority language endangerment is worth considering as a distinct category of LEL.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1535-0665
Print ISSN
0097-8507
Pages
pp. e243-e253
Launched on MUSE
2017-12-21
Open Access
No
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