Encyclopedia of the Languages of Europe [NOOK Book]

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This is an authoritative reference guide to all the languages of Europe, covering nearly three hundred languages and language families. It focuses on extant languages but includes all languages known to have been spoken in Europe in the past. Arranged alphabetically, the encyclopedia includes special entries on non-European languages now spoken by substantial communities in Europe, such as Panjabi and Chinese in Britain and Arabic in France. The aim of the book is to provide surveys of the origins, historical ...
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Encyclopedia of the Languages of Europe

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Overview

This is an authoritative reference guide to all the languages of Europe, covering nearly three hundred languages and language families. It focuses on extant languages but includes all languages known to have been spoken in Europe in the past. Arranged alphabetically, the encyclopedia includes special entries on non-European languages now spoken by substantial communities in Europe, such as Panjabi and Chinese in Britain and Arabic in France. The aim of the book is to provide surveys of the origins, historical development and, in the case of living languages, contemporary position of each language. Written by an international team of scholars, the Encyclopedia of the Languages of Europe is of interest to all those involved in the study of language, linguistics or cultural history.
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"This book is useful as first reference to a given language used in Europe. The information provided is accurate, well-organized, up-to-date, and occasionally includes maps. One can only hope that this book will become part of a series on languages of each continent. I would recommend this book for the libraries of high schools, colleges, and universities." Language

"An authoritative reference guide to all the languages of Europe." Translation Review

"The collection provides both depth and breadth in terms of coverage and range of materials employed. It would be almost impossible to give an impression of all the many fine features which it contains. It is a wonderful book to browse and dip into; the present reviewer was dazzled by its highly readable combination of erudition and approachability at one sitting. It will certainly stand as one of the major linguistic resources...Having read it, it is difficult to see how to do with out it." Linguist List

"The contributors to this volume have been selected for their detailed knowledge of the languages in question amd all the entries...display an ability to expound the relevant facts in clear and highly readable prose. I have already learnt a lot and I would think that anyone interested in the fascinating linguistic diversity of Europe would do so as well." MLR

"Fascinating reading! I am certainly going to keep the book very close to my desk for easy reference." Language Policy

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  • BN ID: 2940022962024
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Meet the Author

Glanville Price is Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. His previous publications include The French Language, Present and Past (1971), The Languages of Britain (1984). He also rewrote and revised Byrne and Churchill's Comphrehensive French Grammar for its fourth edition, published in 1993.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Maps.

List of Contributors.

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Phonetic Transcriptions.

Conventions and Conventional Symbols.

The Languages of Europe.

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