Dictionary of Languages: The Definitive Reference to More Than 400 Languages

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A & C Black, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 734 pages
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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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Dictionary of languages: the definitive reference to more than 400 languages

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This encyclopedic dictionary offers an overview of over 400 alphabetically arranged living and extinct languages and language families. Introductory material provides background information on why ... Read full review

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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

About the author (2006)

Andrew Dalby is a historian and linguist. His languages include Sanskrit, Pali, Latin, Greek, Portuguese, Romanian, German, and Burmese. He is the author of several books.

He studied classics and linguistics at St John's College, Cambridge, and gained a PhD from London University.

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