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LING 470S: Endangered Languages: Getting started

Getting started

Here are two strategies to help you find interesting topics. I recommend trying both of these strategies:


Browse and skim the books on endangered languages

You'll find about twenty of these books in the stacks on the second floor of Simpson Library, at P 40.5. We also have twenty e-books on the subject, which you can find in Quest by doing a Subject search on the exact phrase "Endangered languages." Don't try to read them all cover-to-cover, but do skim them to get ideas.

A photo of a shelf of books about endangered languages, in Simpson Library



Identify particular endangered languages

Using these reference works to discover particular languages:

Of these two reference books, the Encyclopedia of the World's Endangered Languages includes more languages, but the Compendium of the World's Languages provides more detailed information about each language it includes.