Facts about the World's Languages: An Encyclopedia of the World's Major Languages, past and Present

Facts about the World's Languages: An Encyclopedia of the World's Major Languages, past and Present

by Jane Garry, Robert French, Robert French
     
 

ISBN-10: 0824209702

ISBN-13: 9780824209704

Pub. Date: 07/01/2001

Publisher: Wilson, H.W., Company, The

Nearly 200 international linguistics scholars contributed to this reference text for both the general public and specialists in linguistics. The text includes nearly all languages currently spoken by two million or more people, several noteworthy ancient languages, and several languages spoken by smaller populations but representative of some less frequently

Overview

Nearly 200 international linguistics scholars contributed to this reference text for both the general public and specialists in linguistics. The text includes nearly all languages currently spoken by two million or more people, several noteworthy ancient languages, and several languages spoken by smaller populations but representative of some less frequently described language families. Each of the 191 entries includes basic outlines of the phonetic, phonological, morphological, and syntactic systems; the history of the ethnolinguistic group; sociolinguistic contact information; political factors affecting the development of the language and the identity of the group; and a bibliography for further research. The entries use standard orthography, instead of IPA representation. Includes a glossary of linguistic terminology, and is indexed by country, family, and languages and alternative names. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824209704
Publisher:
Wilson, H.W., Company, The
Publication date:
07/01/2001
Series:
Wilson Facts Series
Pages:
896
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.36(h) x 1.92(d)

Table of Contents

Contributorsv
Abbreviations Employed in this Volumeviii
Introductionix
How to Use This Bookxi
The Languages of the World1
Glossary859
Index of Languages by Country883
Index of Languages by Family887
Index of Languages and Alternate Names889
Acehnese1
Afrikaans4
Akan8
Akkadian11
Albanian15
Amharic20
Arabic23
Aramaic28
Arapesh33
Armenian39
Assamese43
Aymara48
Azerbaijanian52
Balinese55
Balochi59
Bangla65
Basque72
Belorussian77
Bemba81
Bhojpuri86
Bikol90
Bugis96
Bulgarian100
Burmese105
Caribbean Creole English111
Catalan115
Cebuano121
Cherokee127
Chichewa131
Chinese Languages
Classical Chinese134
Gan139
Hakka142
Mandarin146
Min151
Wu158
Xiang162
Yue164
Coptic169
Creek173
Czech177
Dagaare180
Danish184
Dutch190
Egyptian, Ancient194
English199
Etruscan204
Ewe207
Finnish214
French219
Fula224
Galician229
Ge'ez234
Georgian237
German241
Gikuyu246
Gondi249
Gothic253
Greek
Ancient256
Modern263
Guarani271
Gujarati274
Gusii278
Haitian Creole282
Hausa286
Hebrew
Biblical291
Modern296
Hiligaynon300
Hindi305
Hittite310
Hungarian314
Ibibio317
Igbo322
Ilocano331
Irish336
Italian341
Japanese345
Javanese350
Kam356
Kannada360
Kanuri366
Kapampangan371
Kazakh376
Khmer379
Kikongo Kituba383
Kinyarwanda385
Kirghiz387
Konkani390
Korean394
Kurmanji Kurdish398
Lakota404
Lao409
Latin412
Latvian417
Lingala421
Lithuanian424
Luganda429
Macedonian435
Madurese440
Maithili443
Malagasy448
Malay/Indonesian452
Malayalam459
Maninka-Bambara-Dyula463
Manipuri/Meithei466
Marathi471
Maya475
Mende480
Minangkabau483
Mongolian488
Moore492
Nama497
Nahuatl502
Navajo506
Nepali511
Nivkh515
Norwegian520
Occitan524
Oriya528
Oromo531
Pali534
Pangasinan539
Pashto543
Persian548
Phoenician/Punic552
Polish556
Polynesian Languages560
Portuguese567
Pulaar572
Punjabi576
Pwo Karen580
Quechua584
Rajasthani591
Romani594
Romanian598
Rundi602
Russian605
Sango608
Sanskrit611
Santali623
Serbo-Croatian629
Sesotho633
Shan637
Shona642
Sindhi647
Sinhala654
Siraiki657
siSwati660
Slovak664
Slovene668
Sogdian672
Somali675
Spanish680
Sukuma685
Sumerian690
Sundanese692
Swahili697
Swedish700
Tagalog703
Tajik708
Tamazight712
Tamil716
Tatar719
Tay-Nung722
Telugu728
Thai733
Tibetan740
Tigrinya745
Tocharian748
Tok Pisin752
Tshiluba757
Tswana762
Turkish766
Turkmen770
Ukrainian773
UMbundu776
Urdu780
Uyghur786
Uzbek791
Vietnamese794
Waray Waray797
Warlpiri801
Welsh804
Wolaitta809
Wolof816
Xhosa822
Yi826
Yiddish830
Yoruba836
Yup'ik (Eskimo)842
Zhuang-Bouyei848
Zulu852

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