By Klaus Zimmermann,Birte Kellermeier-Rehbein
A lot of what we all know approximately “exotic languages” is owed to the linguistic actions of missionaries. they'd the languages placed into writing, defined their grammar and lexicon, and labored in the direction of a standardization, which frequently got here with Eurocentric manipulation. Colonial missionary paintings as highbrow (religious) conquest shaped a part of the Europeans' political colonial rule, even though it occasionally went opposed to the categorical targets of the respectable management. more often than not, it didn't support to prevent (or even strengthened) the displacement and discrimination of these languages, regardless of regularly offering their first actual (sometimes impressive, occasionally fallacious) descriptions.
This quantity offers exemplary reports on Catholic and Protestant missionary linguistics, within the framework of the respective colonial scenario and regulations less than Spanish, German, or British rule. The contributions conceal colonial contexts in Latin the US, Africa, and Asia around the centuries. They display how missionaries facing linguistic analyses and outlines cooperated with colonial associations and the way their linguistic wisdom contributed to eu domination.
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