Dictionary of Languages: The Definitive Reference to More than 400 Languages

Dictionary of Languages: The Definitive Reference to More than 400 Languages

by Andrew Dalby
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231115695

ISBN-13: 9780231115698

Pub. Date: 03/03/2004

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Approximately how many languages compose the Bantu language group of central and southern Africa? What is the name of the language spoken in Hawaii by an estimated two thousand people? What Western European language is not known to be related to any other language family in the world—and is considered by linguists to be one of the most difficult to

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Approximately how many languages compose the Bantu language group of central and southern Africa? What is the name of the language spoken in Hawaii by an estimated two thousand people? What Western European language is not known to be related to any other language family in the world—and is considered by linguists to be one of the most difficult to learn?

These are only a few of the questions language lovers, linguists, and lay readers will be able to answer with the Dictionary of Languages—an easy-to-navigate, authoritative guide to the world's languages and language groups at the end of the twentieth century. Andrew Dalby had the needs and interests of general readers in mind when he compiled this comprehensive reference work—most other language guides are written for scholars, and many include little or none of the absorbing social, cultural, geographic, and historical details that are brought together here.

In the Dictionary of Languages, readers will find:

•a selection of four hundred languages and language groups, arranged alphabetically, with rich, detailed descriptions of the genesis, development, and current status of each;

•more than two hundred maps displaying where the languages are spoken today;

•sidebars showing alphabets, numerals, and other enriching facts

•a comprehensive index listing additional languages, guiding readers to the nearest language groups with full writeups and maps;

•charts breaking down large language groups—such as Bantu or Austroasiatic languages—by geographic region and approximate number of speakers.

In a world where geopolitical boundaries often explain little about the people that live within them, where we may read about Kurd and Khmer in the same newspaper and be expected to be conversant about each—if not conversant in each—Dalby's single, information-packed volume helps us make sense of the rich mosaic of world languages.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231115698
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
03/03/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
800
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.92(h) x 2.28(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

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