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The World's Major Languages
     

The World's Major Languages

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by Bernard Comrie
 

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This volume features over 50 of the world's languages and language families. The featured languages have been chosen based on the number of speakers, their role as official languages and their cultural and historical importance. Each language is looked at in depth, and the chapters provide information on both grammatical features and on salient features of the

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This volume features over 50 of the world's languages and language families. The featured languages have been chosen based on the number of speakers, their role as official languages and their cultural and historical importance. Each language is looked at in depth, and the chapters provide information on both grammatical features and on salient features of the language's history and cultural role.

This second edition has been updated and revised. Two new languages, Amharic and Javanese, have been included.

This accessible volume will appeal to anyone with an interest in linguistics.

Key features:

  • Attention is paid to both grammatical and sociolinguistic features
  • Attention is concentrated on the world's major languages
  • Designed to be accessible to all readers with an interest in language.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This is a treasury of authoritative yet concise information about major languages and language families. The emphasis is on Indo-European, over half the book being devoted to that family. Each of the 50 chapters is written by an expert in that field. Phonology, morphology, and syntax are discussed, and, where appropriate, the writing system. Some chapters, such as that on Chinese, are very lucid and accessible to the non-expert; others are more difficult. This is not a book for beginners, and specialists will have more detailed treatments at their disposal. Its best use would seem to be in an academic reference collection, for the scholar to dip into to refresh his or her memory of a language once studied, or to get a birds-eye view of a language not studied. Includes a language index and bibliographies. Catherine V. von Schon, SUNY at Stonybrook Lib.
From the Publisher
'This excellent, thorough resource has an unsurpassed amount of detail for a single-volume survey.' —S. L. Johnson, Eastern Illinois University, Choice Reviews

'Highly recommended. Academic libraries supporting lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.'—S. L. Johnson, Eastern Illinois University, Choice Reviews

'Originally published in 1987, the second edition of this major handbook contains considerable enough amount of revision and new material to warrant its purchase by those libraries which invested in the original edition' — Reference Reviews

'The Volume is well constructed for reference access as well as for more in-depth consultation' — Reference Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781134261550
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/13/2009
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
928
File size:
21 MB
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University of Southern California

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The World's Major Languages 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
FlashSheridan More than 1 year ago
The electronic edition is missing all but five pages, on the Bantu languages. B&N support says that this is a known issue, but didn't say when it would be fixed. The Kindle edition is also defective, though its text is garbled rather than missing.
theFlyingDutchman More than 1 year ago
What sort of joke is this? It is just 6 out of 800 or so!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago