Minimal Languages in Action

Editors: Goddard, Cliff (Ed.)

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  • Addresses difficulties and failings as well as solutions and successes in the use of minimal languages
  • Provides a practice-led follow-up volume to Minimal English for a Global World (Goddard 2018)
  • Includes international examples from Australia, USA, Finland, Poland, the Pacific, and South Korea
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This edited book explores the rising interest in minimal languages – radically simplified languages using cross-translatable words and grammar, fulfilling the widely-recognised need to use language which is clear, accessible and easy to translate. The authors draw on case studies from around the world to demonstrate how early adopters have been putting Minimal English, Minimal Finnish, and other minimal languages into action: in language teaching and learning, ‘easy language’ projects, agricultural development training, language revitalisation, intercultural education, paediatric assessment, and health messaging. As well as reporting how minimal languages are being put into service, the contributors explore how minimal languages can be adapted, localised and implemented differently for different purposes. Like its predecessor Minimal English for a Global World: Improved Communication Using Fewer Words (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), the book will appeal to students and scholars of applied linguistics, language education and translation studies, as well as to professionals in any field where accessibility and translatability matter.

About the authors

Cliff Goddard is Professor of Linguistics at Griffith University, Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities. Much of his research lies at the intersection of language, meaning and culture. He has published widely in descriptive, theoretical and applied semantics, language description and typology, ethnopragmatics and intercultural communication.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • In Praise of Minimal Languages

    Pages 1-26

    Goddard, Cliff

  • Balancing the Local with the Universal: Minimal English and Agricultural Training in the Pacific

    Pages 29-51

    Hill, Deborah

  • The Hunt for the Simplest Possible Vocabulary: Minimal Finnish Meets Easy Finnish

    Pages 53-82

    Leskelä, Leealaura (et al.)

  • Minimal English and Revitalisation Education: Assisting Linguists to Explain Grammar in Simple, Everyday Words

    Pages 83-107

    Machin, Elita

  • Using Minimal English (Minimal Spanish, Etc.) for Non-circular Learners’ Dictionaries

    Pages 111-137

    Bullock, David

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Minimal Languages in Action
Editors
  • Cliff Goddard
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-64077-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-64077-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-64076-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 352
Number of Illustrations
40 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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