Introduction to the Languages of the World / Edition 1

Introduction to the Languages of the World / Edition 1

by Anatole V. Lyovin
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 0195081161

ISBN-13: 2900195081168

Pub. Date: 03/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The only textbook of its kind, An Introduction to the Languages of the World is designed to introduce beginning linguistics students, who now typically start their study with little background in languages, to the variety of the languages of the world. It is ideal for use in courses where students have mastered the basic principles of linguistics but lack

Overview

The only textbook of its kind, An Introduction to the Languages of the World is designed to introduce beginning linguistics students, who now typically start their study with little background in languages, to the variety of the languages of the world. It is ideal for use in courses where students have mastered the basic principles of linguistics but lack background in the broad range of language phenomena found in the world's languages, such as vowel harmony and ergative constructions. It offers students an opportunity to explore, at various levels, structures of very different, highly interesting languages without necessarily possessing a speaking or reading knowledge of these languages.
Lyovin explains the classification of languages, discussing not only genetic classification but typological and sociolinguistic classification as well. He follows this with an explication of writing systems. A chapter is devoted to each of the world's continents, with in-depth analyses of representative languages of Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and America, and a separate chapter covers pidgins and creoles. Helpful features include an appendix of nineteen maps, student exercises, and suggestions for further reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900195081168
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
512

Table of Contents

1. Classification of Languages
2. Classification of Writing Systems
3. Languages of Europe
4. Languages of Asia
5. Languages of Africa
6. Languages of Oceania
7. Native Languages of the Americas
8. Pidgins and Creoles
Appendices: Maps
General Bibliography

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >