Languages of the World: An Introduction

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 9, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 278 pages
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What do all human languages have in common and in what ways are they different? How can language be used to trace different peoples and their past? Are certain languages similar because of common descent or language contact? Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, this textbook introduces readers to the rich diversity of human languages, familiarizing students with the variety and typology of languages around the world. Linguistic terms and concepts are explained, in the text and in the glossary, and illustrated with simple, accessible examples. Eighteen language maps and numerous language family charts enable students to place a language geographically or genealogically. A supporting website includes additional language maps and sound recordings that can be used to illustrate the peculiarities of the sound systems of various languages. 'Test yourself' questions throughout the book make it easier for students to analyze data from unfamiliar languages.
  

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См. также на моем блоге по языкам и переводам пост:
Определитель языков по письменности
http://perevod99.blogspot.ru/2009/04/blog-post_22.html
The languages of the world
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Concise Encyclopedia of Languages of the World
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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 IndoEuropean languages
13
3 NonIndoEuropean languages of Europe and India
39
4 Languages of the Caucasus
64
5 Languages of Northern Africa Middle East and Central Asia
86
6 Languages of subSaharan Africa
105
7 Languages of eastern Asia
124
8 Languages of the South Sea Islands
143
10 Native languages of the Americas
183
11 Macro families
205
12 Pidgins creoles and other mixed languages
230
Glossary
254
References
260
Index of languages
271
Index
277
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9 Aboriginal languages of Australia and Papua New Guinea
166

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2012)

Asya Pereltsvaig is a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at Stanford University.