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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 regularly 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 reputable management. usually, it didn't aid to forestall (or even strengthened) the displacement and discrimination of these languages, regardless of commonly offering their first actual (sometimes striking, occasionally improper) descriptions.

This quantity offers exemplary reports on Catholic and Protestant missionary linguistics, within the framework of the respective colonial state of affairs and regulations lower than Spanish, German, or British rule. The contributions hide colonial contexts in Latin the United States, Africa, and Asia around the centuries. They show how missionaries facing linguistic analyses and outlines cooperated with colonial associations and the way their linguistic wisdom contributed to ecu domination.

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