Dictionary of Languages: The Definitive Reference to More Than 400 Languages
Covering the political, social and historical background of each language, Dictionary of Languages offers a unique insight into human culture and communication. Every language with official status is included, as well as all those that have a written literature and 175 'minor' languages with special historical or anthropological interest. We see how, with the rapidly increasing uniformity of our culture as media's influence spreads, more languages have become extinct or are under threat of extinction. The text is highlighted by maps and charts of scripts, while proverbs, anecdotes and quotations reveal the features that make a language unique.
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Review: Dictionary of LanguagesUser Review - Goodreads
Probably my favorite reference book of all time. Full of maps and wonderful information.
Review: Dictionary Of LanguagesUser Review - Saleris - Goodreads
I liked it. It's not truly comprehensive, but if you want a comparative book on the major languages, It fits the bill. Some of the pages have examples of the languages - it would have been nice if that was a feature of all of them. Read full review