One Thousand Languages: Living, Endangered, and Lost / Edition 1

One Thousand Languages: Living, Endangered, and Lost / Edition 1

by Peter K. Austin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520255607

ISBN-13: 9780520255609

Pub. Date: 09/01/2008

Publisher: University of California Press

There are more than six thousand languages used around the world today, although linguists now estimate that by the year 2050 as many as half of those will be extinct. This beautifully designed, engagingly written reference takes us on a panoramic tour of the globe to explore this unique and endangered human gift. Generously illustrated throughout with color

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There are more than six thousand languages used around the world today, although linguists now estimate that by the year 2050 as many as half of those will be extinct. This beautifully designed, engagingly written reference takes us on a panoramic tour of the globe to explore this unique and endangered human gift. Generously illustrated throughout with color photographs, informative sidebars, and clear maps and graphics, One Thousand Languages illuminates the sources, characteristics, and interrelationships of the world's spoken tongues. It looks in detail at the eleven global languages, then delves into the major languages of each world region in turn. Each entry gives a history of the growth and development of the language, details the number of speakers, and traces its geographical spread. The volume also provides information on many extinct languages. A detailed map section tracks the migrations of the major languages, and the book also tells how to count to ten in more than 250 ways.

Copub: Ivy Press Limited

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520255609
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,402,622
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Peler Austin Austin, Peler 6

1 World Languages Nicholas Ostler Ostler, Nicholas 10

2 European Languages Glanville Price Price, Glanville 36

3 North and West African Languages Friederike Lupke Lupke, Friederike Philip J. Jagger Jagger, Philip J. 60

4 Central, East, and Southern African Languages Nancy Kula Kula, Nancy Lutz Marten Marten, Lutz 86

5 South Asian Languages Anju Saxena Saxena, Anju 112

6 Central, Western, and Northern Asian Languages Kagan Arik Arik, Kagan 136

7 East and Southeast Asian Languages David Bradley Bradley, David 154

8 Australia-Pacific Languages Nicholas Thieberger Thieberger, Nicholas Rachel Nordlinger Nordlinger, Rachel 174

9 Languages of the Americas Nicholas Ostler Ostler, Nicholas Jose Antonio Flores Farfan Farfan, Jose Antonio Flores 190

10 Endangered Languages Lenore Grenoble Grenoble, Lenore 214

11 Extinct Languages Nicholas Ostler Ostler, Nicholas 236

Maps 256

Glossary 280

Bibliography 282

Index 284

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