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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 positioned 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 ambitions of the respectable management. in general, it didn't aid to forestall (or even bolstered) the displacement and discrimination of these languages, regardless of mostly offering their first actual (sometimes notable, occasionally unsuitable) descriptions.

This quantity provides exemplary reports on Catholic and Protestant missionary linguistics, within the framework of the respective colonial scenario and rules less than Spanish, German, or British rule. The contributions disguise colonial contexts in Latin the US, Africa, and Asia around the centuries. They exhibit 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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