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ENRIQUE URIBE-JONGBLOED, M.A. Endangered languages: Heritage of humanity in dire need of protection Four approaches which support their preservation and maintenance. Folios [online]. 2007, n.26, pp.65-70. ISSN 0123-4870.

The purpose of this paper is to present and discuss four approaches which support actions in favor of endangered language preservation and maintenance. Preservation, on the one hand, refers to the process of documenting and storing information which can later on be accessed by the public; whereas maintenance, on the other, implies a support for the users of the language to prevent its disappearance by encouraging its use. Each of the approaches is assessed on its priority in one or the other form of language protection, drawing on their justifications and main goals. Finally, conclusions are brought forth regarding the potential uses of the different approaches.

Keywords : Endangered Languages; Documentation; Preservation; Maintenance; Heritage.

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