Compendium of the World's Languagesby George L. Campbell
Ordered alphabetically, each language description has a standard structure for ease of reference and covers: a general historical and
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Three hundred languages are described in the Compendium of the World's Languages among them Spanish, Russian, and Chinese along with valuable explanations of non-Western languages such as Cherokee or Ilokano.
Ordered alphabetically, each language description has a standard structure for ease of reference and covers: a general historical and sociolinguistic introduction, the writing system, the sound system, and the grammatical system. To bring the described languages to life, those languages
with a written tradition have an identical passage translated after each article. Each language with its own alphabet has the special script of its writing system printed in full, with an explanation in the appendix.
things move while other things just are. To me this book will be a lifelong delight (Anthony Burgess, Observer)
‘This is an important reference book in Linguistics, particularly in the fields of typological and descriptive linguistics. It will also be of interest to scholars in the more than fifty individual languages covered, and especially to those who want to undertake fieldwork on these languages. All departments of Linguistics should have a copy of this book in their departmental library as well as in the general university reference library.’- Adams B. Bodomo, The University of Hong Kong
Praise for the first edition
'This book will be a lifelong delight.' - Anthony Burgess, The Observer
'This is a most notable achievement: it is particularly useful for the breadth of its coverage and the consistency of its treatment...it will be an invaluable addition to academic and larger general reference collections.' - Reference Reviews
'Anyone who dips with pleasure into Katzner's Languages of the World or Comries's World's Major Languages will be able to lose themselves in Campbell for days on end.' - Language International
'This remarkable work sets a new standard for single-source linguistic profiles ... Campbell's excellent survey will be an invaluable vade mecum for the linguist, as well as forming a valuable addition to larger collections.' - Library Association Record
'Compendium of the World's Languages benefits from the frequent use it makes of appropriate historical material, which gives many obscure languages a place in time and space. One might buy the book for the information it contains, but it gives much pleasure also.' - Times Literary Supplement
'Turning over the pages is like turning a kaleidoscope. The fascination is endless.' - Expresso
'It teaches an implicit lesson - not that all languages were before Babel one language, but that man is a language-constructing animal who, wherever he is, constructs in much the same way - through phonemic opposition, through counting his fingers, through noting that some things move while other things just are. To me this book will be a lifelong delight.' - Anthony Burgess, Observer
'Many readers will succumb to the temptation to read among the other netries of languages that they didn't realize existed.' - The Years Work in English Studies
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Meet the Author
George L. Campbell worked for the BBC World Service and was a polyglot linguist and translator.
Gareth King is Series Advisor for the Routledge Colloquials Series and the author of numerous books on language and linguistics.
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