Электронная книга: Nicholas Evans «Dying Words. Endangered Languages and What They Have to Tell Us»

Dying Words. Endangered Languages and What They Have to Tell Us

The next century will see more than half of the world’s 6,000 languages become extinct, and most of these will disappear without being adequately recorded. Written by one of the leading figures in language documentation, this fascinating book explores what humanity stands to lose as a result. Explores the unique philosophy, knowledge, and cultural assumptions of languages, and their impact on our collective intellectual heritage Questions why such linguistic diversity exists in the first place, and how can we can best respond to the challenge of recording and documenting these fragile oral traditions while they are still with us Written by oneof the leading figures in language documentation, and draws on a wealth of vivid examples from his own field experience Brings conceptual issues vividly to life by weaving in portraits of individual ‘last speakers’ and anecdotes about linguists and their discoveries

Издательство: "John Wiley&Sons Limited"

ISBN: 9781444310443

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Nicholas Evans

Nicholas Evans
Born 1950
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England) 1
Occupation Journalist, screenwriter, film producer, novelist.
Genres Fantasy, Mystery

Nicholas Evans (born 26 July 1950) is an English journalist, screenwriter television and film producer and novelist. Evans was born at in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, and educated at Bromsgrove School but before studying at Oxford University, he served in Africa with the charity Voluntary Service Overseas. He then studied journalism and worked as a newspaper reporter and television screenwriter. He lives in Devon. He has a son, Max Evans, who is head of geography at Preston Manor High School, and a daughter, Lauren. He also has another son, Harry, from a relationship he had with Jane Hewland, the TV producer famous for Network 7 and Gamesmaster.

His novel, The Horse Whisperer was No. 10 on the list of bestselling novels in the United States for 1995 as determined by the New York Times. With 15 million copies sold, it is on the list of the best-selling books of all time.[1] In the UK, The Horse Whisperer was listed on the BBC's Big Read, a 2003 survey with the goal of finding the "nation's best-loved book". Made into a motion picture in 1998, Robert Redford directed and starred in the film version opposite Kristin Scott Thomas, along with Scarlett Johansson and Sam Neill.

Evans is married to singer/songwriter Charlotte Gordon Cumming.

Evans, Cumming, and several of their relatives were poisoned in September 2008 after consuming Deadly webcap mushrooms that they gathered on holiday. The poisoning was non-fatal, though Evans and the others had to undergo kidney dialysis,[2] and he underwent a transplant in 2011 using a kidney donated by his daughter.[3]

Evans has revealed on his personal website that he has agreed an option to make a movie of his third novel, The Smoke Jumper.[4]


  • The Horse Whisperer (1995)
  • The Loop (1998)
  • The Smoke Jumper (2001)
  • The Divide (2005)
  • The Brave (2010)


  1. ^ The Forres Gazette on The Horse Whisperer: "Mr Evans is the author of "The Horse Whisperer", which sold 15 million copies worldwide and was made into a Hollywood film in 1998 directed by and starring Robert Redford." (10 September 2008)
  2. ^ "Horse Whisperer author, Nicholas Evans, poisoned by wild mushrooms" by Charlene Sweeney, The Times, 3 September 2008.
  3. ^ "Horse whisperer: how my daughter saved my life" in The Daily Telegraph, 2nd August, 2011.
  4. ^ http://www.nicholasevans.com/ Nicholas Evans' Personal Website.

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