352 pages | 69 B/W Illus.
Museums of Language and the Display of Intangible Cultural Heritage presents essays by practitioners based in language museums around the world. Describing their history, mission, and modes of display, contributors demonstrate the important role intangible heritage can and should play in the museum.
Arguing that languages are among our most precious forms of cultural heritage, the book also demonstrates that they are at risk of neglect, and endangerment from globalization and linguistic imperialism. Including case studies from across Europe, North America, Africa and Asia, this book documents the vital work being done by museums to help preserve languages and make them objects of broad public interest. Divided into three sections, contributions to the book focus on one of three types of museums: museums of individual languages, museums of language groups, both geographic and structural, or museums of writing. The volume presents practical information alongside theoretical discussions and state-of-the-art commentaries concerning the representation of languages and their cultural nature.
Museums of Language and the Display of Intangible Cultural Heritage is the first volume to address the subject of language museums and, as such, should be of interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of museum and cultural heritage studies, applied linguistics, anthropology, tourism and public education.
Maia Wellington Gahtan, Nadia Cannata, and Margaret J-M. Sönmez
Part I: Museums of Individual Languages
2. The Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en-Monument
3. The Lithuanian Hearth Language Museum
4. Son de Lenga. Espaci Occitan Museum of Occitan Language and Culture, Dronero, Italy
5. The Adventurous World of the German Language in Köthen Castle
Uta Seewald-Heeg and Julia Schinköthe
6. The English Project, Winchester, England
7. Dove il sì suona. A Journey Through the Italian Language
Part II: Museums of Languages, Linguistics and Language Groups
8. Operations at Mundolingua
9. The Canadian Language Museum: Developing Travel Exhibits
10. The Ivar Aasen Centre, Ørsta, Norway. The Oldest Language Museum
11. Esperanto and Planned Languages: The Aims of the Museum and Department
12. Celebrating Languages and Multilingualism in the UK and Beyond: A Pop-up Museum of Languages for the UK
13. EUROTALES. A Museum of the Voices of Europe
The Eurotales Project Scientific Committee: Nadia Cannata, Margaret J-M. Sönmez, and Maia Wellington Gahtan
Part III: Museums of Writing
14. Champollion, Writing Systems and the Modern Installation in Figeac
15. World Writing in a Museum Setting
Jiyeon Yang and Junghwa Kim
16. The Ancient Chinese Writing System and Shanghai Museum’s Collection of Artifacts
Liang Ge, translated by Mo Cheng
17. Language Museums in Change: Politics of Memory and Diversity of Language