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Can a language with millions of speakers be endangered?

Ravindranath, Maya; Cohn, Abigail C.


The dialogue on language endangerment worldwide has largely focused on languages with small speaker populations, in line with Krauss’s (1992) prediction that any language with a speaker population of less than 100,000 is at risk. The relationship between population size and language vitality is particularly relevant in the Indonesian context, where over 700 local languages have speaker populations that range from single digits to tens of millions of speakers. This paper considers the role of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (JSEALS) 7 (2014): 64-75


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