The Languages of the Soviet Union

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Bernard Comrie
CUP Archive, 1981 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 317 pages
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A general account of the languages of the Soviet Union, one of the most diverse multinational and multilingual states in the world as well as one of the most important. There are some 130 languages spoken in the USSR, belonging to five main families and ranging from Russian, which is the first language of about 130,000,000 people, to Aluet, spoken only by 96 (in the 1970 census). Dr Comrie has two general aims. First, he presents the most important structural features of these languages, their genetic relationships and classification and their distinctive typological features. Secondly, he examines the social and political background to the use of functioning of the various languages in a multilingual state. The volume will be of importance and interest to linguists and to those with a broader professional interest in the Soviet Union.
  

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Contents

Altaic languages
39
Uralic languages
92
IndoEuropean languages
142
Caucasian languages
196
Paleosiberian and other languages
238
Ethnic and linguistic composition of the U S S R according to
279
Alphabets of the languages of the U S S
286
Recent statistics and literature
301
Subject index
315
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Bernard Comrie is chair of the department of linguistics at the University of Southern California. He is the author of many publications including "Aspect" and "Tense," and is editor of "Studies in Language,

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