A Guide to the World's Languages: Classification, Volume 1

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Stanford University Press, 1987 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 433 pages
This is the first of three pathbreaking volumes that will constitute a wide-ranging analytical guide to the world's approximately 5,000 languages. The volumes are written for both linguists and general readers, and this first volume in particular assumes no background in linguistics. A postscript prepared for this paperback edition takes research data to 1990. The book is illustrated with 21 maps.

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Though more readable than Voegelin and Voegelin's Classification and Index of the World's Languages (Elsevier, 1977), this also will probably find its primary use as a reference tool. Ruhlen offers ... Read full review

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