Languages of the World

  • Filename: languages-of-the-world.
  • ISBN: 9781107002784
  • Release Date: 2012-02-09
  • Number of pages: 278
  • Author: Asya Pereltsvaig
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



Introduces readers to the rich diversity of human languages, familiarizing them with the variety of languages around the world.

The Languages of the World

  • Filename: the-languages-of-the-world.
  • ISBN: 9781134532889
  • Release Date: 2002-09-11
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Kenneth Katzner
  • Publisher: Routledge



This third edition of Kenneth Katzner's best-selling guide to languages is essential reading for language enthusiasts everywhere. Written with the non-specialist in mind, its user-friendly style and layout, delightful original passages, and exotic scripts, will continue to fascinate the reader. This new edition has been thoroughly revised to include more languages, more countries, and up-to-date data on populations. Features include: *information on nearly 600 languages *individual descriptions of 200 languages, with sample passages and English translations *concise notes on where each language is spoken, its history, alphabet and pronunciation *coverage of every country in the world, its main language and speaker numbers *an introduction to language families

An Introduction to the Languages of the World

  • Filename: an-introduction-to-the-languages-of-the-world.
  • ISBN: 0195081161
  • Release Date: 1997-01-01
  • Number of pages: 491
  • Author: Anatole Lyovin
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA



This text is designed to introduce students to the variety of languages of the world.

Concise Encyclopedia of Languages of the World

  • Filename: concise-encyclopedia-of-languages-of-the-world.
  • ISBN: 9780080877754
  • Release Date: 2010-04-06
  • Number of pages: 1320
  • Author:
  • Publisher: Elsevier



Concise Encyclopedia of Languages of the World is an authoritative single-volume reference resource comprehensively describing the major languages and language families of the world. It will provide full descriptions of the phonology, semantics, morphology, and syntax of the world’s major languages, giving insights into their structure, history and development, sounds, meaning, structure, and language family, thereby both highlighting their diversity for comparative study, and contextualizing them according to their genetic relationships and regional distribution. Based on the highly acclaimed and award-winning Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, this volume will provide an edited collection of almost 400 articles throughout which a representative subset of the world's major languages are unfolded and explained in up-to-date terminology and authoritative interpretation, by the leading scholars in linguistics. In highlighting the diversity of the world’s languages — from the thriving to the endangered and extinct — this work will be the first point of call to any language expert interested in this huge area. No other single volume will match the extent of language coverage or the authority of the contributors of Concise Encyclopedia of Languages of the World. * Extraordinary breadth of coverage: a comprehensive selection of just under 400 articles covering the world's major languages, language families, and classification structures, issues and disputes * Peerless quality: based on 20 years of academic development on two editions of the leading reference resource in linguistics, Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics * Unique authorship: 350 of the world's leading experts brought together for one purpose * Exceptional editorial selection, review and validation process: Keith Brown and Sarah Ogilvie act as first-tier guarantors for article quality and coverage * Compact and affordable: one-volume format makes this suitable for personal study at any institution interested in areal, descriptive, or comparative language study - and at a fraction of the cost of the full encyclopedia

Languages In The World

  • Filename: languages-in-the-world.
  • ISBN: 9781118531228
  • Release Date: 2015-10-29
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Julie Tetel Andresen
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



This innovative introduction outlines the structure and distribution of the world’s languages, charting their evolution over the past 200,000 years. Balances linguistic analysis with socio-historical and political context, offering a cohesive picture of the relationship between language and society Provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the study of language by drawing not only on the diverse fields of linguistics (structural, linguist anthropology, historical, sociolinguistics), but also on history, biology, genetics, sociology, and more Includes nine detailed language profiles on Kurdish, Arabic, Tibetan, Hawaiian, Vietnamese, Tamil, !Xóõ (Taa), Mongolian, and Quiché A companion website offers a host of supplementary materials including, sound files, further exercises, and detailed introductory information for students new to linguistics

A Survey of Word Accentual Patterns in the Languages of the World

  • Filename: a-survey-of-word-accentual-patterns-in-the-languages-of-the-world.
  • ISBN: 9783110198966
  • Release Date: 2011-01-01
  • Number of pages: 896
  • Author: Harry van der Hulst
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter



In part I of this volume, experts on various language areas provide surveys of word stress/accent systems of as many languages in 'their' part of the world as they could lay their hands on. No preconditions (theoretical or otherwise) were set, but the authors were encouraged to use the StressTyp data in their chapters. Australian Languages (Rob Goedemans), Austronesian Languages (Ellen van Zanten, Ruben Stoel and Bert Remijsen), Papuan Languages (Ellen van Zanten and Philomena Dol), North American Languages (Keren Rice), South American Languages (Sergio Meira and Leo Wetzels), African Languages (Laura Downing), European Languages (Harry van der Hulst), Asian Languages (Harry van der Hulst and René Schiering), Middle Eastern Languages (Harry van der Hulst and Sam Hellmuth). There is an introductory chapter (Chapter 1) that will provide the reader with elementary terminology and theoretical tools to understand the variety of accentual systems that will be discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. Chapter 2 has a double function. It presents an overview of stress patterns in Australian languages, but at the same time it is intended to (re-)familiarize readers with the coding, terminology and theoretical ideas of the StressTyp database. Chapter 11 presents statistical and typological information from the StressTyp database. Part II of this volume contains 'language profiles' which are, for each of the 511 languages contained in StressTyp (in 2009), extracts from the information that is contained in the database. This volume will be of interest to people in the field of theoretical phonology and language typology. It will function as a reference work for these groups of researchers, but also, more generally, for people working on syntax and other fields of linguistics, who might wish to know certain basic facts about the distribution of word accent systems

The Evolution of Grammar

  • Filename: the-evolution-of-grammar.
  • ISBN: 0226086658
  • Release Date: 1994-11-15
  • Number of pages: 398
  • Author: Joan Bybee
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press



Joan Bybee and her colleagues present a new theory of the evolution of grammar that links structure and meaning in a way that directly challenges most contemporary versions of generative grammar. This study focuses on the use and meaning of grammatical markers of tense, aspect, and modality and identifies a universal set of grammatical categories. The authors demonstrate that the semantic content of these categories evolves gradually and that this process of evolution is strikingly similar across unrelated languages. Through a survey of seventy-six languages in twenty-five different phyla, the authors show that the same paths of change occur universally and that movement along these paths is in one direction only. This analysis reveals that lexical substance evolves into grammatical substance through various mechanisms of change, such as metaphorical extension and the conventionalization of implicature. Grammaticization is always accompanied by an increase in frequency of the grammatical marker, providing clear evidence that language use is a major factor in the evolution of synchronic language states. The Evolution of Grammar has important implications for the development of language and for the study of cognitive processes in general.

Bibliography of Bibliographies of the Languages of the World General and Indo European languages of Europe

  • Filename: bibliography-of-bibliographies-of-the-languages-of-the-world-general-and-indo-european-languages-of-europe.
  • ISBN: 9789027237439
  • Release Date: 1990-01-01
  • Number of pages: 473
  • Author:
  • Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing



This is Volume I of a monumental two-volume work, a historical record and guide to bibliographic efforts on all the languages of the world, which is designed to serve the professional as well as non-professional reader as a first point of entry for information about any language. By consulting the Bibliography, the reader will quickly be able to identify specific bibliographic sources for particular topics of interest, and thus rapidly begin to narrow the search for information. Although bibliographies of bibliographies have appeared for a few language families, this set provides for the first time a comprehensive compilation of bibliographies for all of the languages or language families of the world, from the earliest period through 1985. Volume I, with nearly 2500 entries in 400 pages, covers the Indo-European languages of Europe, plus Etruscan and Basque, as well as general and multi-language references, including sections on dictionaries, dissertations, and specialized topics. Volume II, with approximately the same number of entries, will cover all other languages. In the Bibliography, most entries are annotated to indicate the number of items in each bibliography and how they are arranged; some information on the scope and coverage of the work (where not obvious from the title); whether items are annotated; and what indexes are included. The Bibliography will long stand as an indispensable reference tool, and should be in every library serving readers interested in any aspect of language.

Languages of the World

  • Filename: languages-of-the-world.
  • ISBN: 1560245204
  • Release Date: 1993
  • Number of pages: 292
  • Author: Martin D. Joachim
  • Publisher: Psychology Press



This practical guide helps library catalogers deal with specific problems in cataloging materials in languages from all parts of the world. Even the most experienced catalogers frequently have to handle materials in languages with which they are not familiar. Cataloging such materials can be bewildering when the cataloger must face the challenges of identifying the language, creating bilingual catalog systems, or cataloging by names in languages with entirely different naming systems. Languages of the World is invaluable as a resource of practical solutions for cataloging specific languages or groups of languages, and it has much advice for helping patrons locate materials in languages other than their own. Catalogers will find specific and practical advice for dealing with field recordings in Native American languages, Chinese legal materials, materials in Icelandic languages, African languages, Middle Eastern Languages, Central Asian languages, and languages of India and the Pacific. Some of the cataloging methods covered in Languages of the World include using archives and manuscript control formats to provide access to a large collection of Spanish materials, using the PA schedule for cataloging the literature of classical antiquity, the advantages and disadvantages of vernacular versus transliterated Hebrew, and cooperative cataloging from the point of view of a Southeast Asian bibliographer. This informative guide analyzes such topics as cooperative cataloging and the role of national libraries, such as the a National Library of Canada and the Bibliothèque Nationale in France, in cataloging a variety of languages. Catalogers at all levels of expertise will learn much from chapters that discuss: how to identify unfamiliar languages descriptive cataloging when materials lack sources of information such as title pages, do not have uniform titles, or feature non-Western calendars and dating subject cataloging under inadequate and confusing LC subject headings for specialized collections cooperative and shared cataloging collection-level cataloging minimal level cataloging bilingual cataloging the role of subject headings in access to information for non-native speakers Experienced catalogers searching for new and better ways to catalog materials in many languages as well as beginning catalogers confused by unfamiliar languages will find this to be an essential book. Languages of the World combines practical cataloging strategies with specific language examples to create a complete guide to successful cataloging in a wide variety of languages.

Languages from the World of the Bible

  • Filename: languages-from-the-world-of-the-bible.
  • ISBN: 9781934078631
  • Release Date: 2011-12-23
  • Number of pages: 274
  • Author: Holger Gzella
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter



The alphabetic script is part of the lasting heritage of the ancient Near East. It unites a number of newly-emerging civilizations in ancient Syria-Palestine, which together constitute the immediate background of the Hebrew Bible. Transformed by the impact of Hellenism, they also shaped the social-historical and cultural setting of the New Testament. This work presents fresh and concise yet thorough overviews of the relevant languages and their interaction. They are informed by the most recent scholarship and share a clear historical framework.

The Book of Languages

  • Filename: the-book-of-languages.
  • ISBN: 1771471557
  • Release Date: 2015-04-14
  • Number of pages: 64
  • Author: Mick Webb
  • Publisher: Owlkids



Did you know that there are nearly 7,000 languages spoken around the world? This book introduces you to a wide variety of different languages to start you off on your language-learning journey. Find out where languages come from and where they are spoken. From Arabic to Zulu, Morse code to whale song, this book is packed with language facts and phrases to help you communicate all around the world. It includes: basic vocabulary and short dialogues to practise, maps and flags to show where languages are spoken and information on non-verbal languages, including sign language.

Atlas of the World s Languages in Danger

  • Filename: atlas-of-the-world-s-languages-in-danger.
  • ISBN: 9789231040962
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Number of pages: 218
  • Author: Christopher Moseley
  • Publisher: UNESCO



Languages are not only tools of communication, they also reflect a view of the world. Languages are vehicles of value systems and cultural expressions and are an essential component of the living heritage of humanity. Yet, many of them are in danger of disappearing. UNESCO's Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger tries to raise awareness on language endangerment. This third edition has been completely revised and expanded to include new series of maps and new points of view.

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