Dictionary of Language

Dictionary of Language

The Definitive Reference to More Than 400 Languages

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
"More than 400 living and extinct languages are detailed in this information-packed reference. Each article covers the political, social, and historical background of the language by stating the number of speakers; the countries where it is spoken; how many dialects it spawned; its origins, characteristics, and examples of both words and the alphabet; and pronunciations. Anecdotes, literary quotations, and charts of script and numerals appear in sidebars to illustrate the cultures connected to the languages. This is an essential guide to the languages of the world."----"Outstanding reference sources 2000", American Libraries, May 2000. Comp. by the Reference Sources Committee, RUSA, ALA.

Columbia Univ Pr

Approximately how many languages compose the Bantu language group of central and southern Africa? What Western European language is not known to be related to any other language family in the world--and is considered by linguists to be one of the most difficult to learn? This fascinating and singularly authoritative guide to the social, cultural, and historical foundations of more than four hundred languages and language groups in the world today answers these questions and more.


Approximately how many languages compose the Bantu language group of central and southern Africa? What is the name of the language spoken in Hawaii by an estimated two thousand people? What Western European language is not known to be related to any other language family in the world--and is considered by linguists to be one of the most difficult to learn?

These are only a few of the questions language lovers, linguists, and lay readers will be able to answer with theDictionary of Languages--an easy-to-navigate, authoritative guide to the world's languages and language groups at the end of the twentieth century. Andrew Dalby had the needs and interests of general readers in mind when he compiled this comprehensive reference work--most other language guides are written for scholars, and many include little or none of the absorbing social, cultural, geographic, and historical details that are brought together here.

In the Dictionary of Languages, readers will find:

a selection of four hundred languages and language groups, arranged alphabetically, with rich, detailed descriptions of the genesis, development, and current status of each;

more than two hundred maps displaying where the languages are spoken today;

sidebars showing alphabets, numerals, and other enriching facts

a comprehensive index listing additional languages, guiding readers to the nearest language groups with full writeups and maps;

charts breaking down large language groups--such as Bantu or Austroasiatic languages--by geographic region and approximate number of speakers.

In a world where geopolitical boundaries often explain little about the people that live within them, where we may read about Kurd and Khmer in the same newspaper and be expected to be conversant about each--if not conversant in each--Dalby's single, information-packed volume helps us make sense of the rich mosaic of world languages.



Book News
Details about 400 languages (both living and dead) of the world, including those that have official status or have a written literature, plus 175 minor languages with special historical or anthropological interest. Covering the political, social, and historical background of each language, it offers insight into human culture and communication. The text is highlighted by b&w maps and charts of scripts, while proverbs, anecdotes, and quotations reveal the features that make a language unique. Arranged alphabetically. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
Approximately how many languages compose the Bantu language group of central and southern Africa? What is the name of the language spoken in Hawaii by an estimated two thousand people? What Western European language is not known to be related to any other language family in the world—and is considered by linguists to be one of the most difficult to learn?

These are only a few of the questions language lovers, linguists, and lay readers will be able to answer with the Dictionary of Languages—an easy-to-navigate, authoritative guide to the world's languages and language groups at the end of the twentieth century. Andrew Dalby had the needs and interests of general readers in mind when he compiled this comprehensive reference work—most other language guides are written for scholars, and many include little or none of the absorbing social, cultural, geographic, and historical details that are brought together here.

In the Dictionary of Languages, readers will find:

?a selection of four hundred languages and language groups, arranged alphabetically, with rich, detailed descriptions of the genesis, development, and current status of each;

?more than two hundred maps displaying where the languages are spoken today;

?sidebars showing alphabets, numerals, and other enriching facts

?a comprehensive index listing additional languages, guiding readers to the nearest language groups with full writeups and maps;

?charts breaking down large language groups—such as Bantu or Austroasiatic languages—by geographic region and approximate number of speakers.

In a world where geopolitical boundaries often explain little about the people that live within them, where we may read about Kurd and Khmer in the same newspaper and be expected to be conversant about each—if not conversant in each—Dalby's single, information-packed volume helps us make sense of the rich mosaic of world languages.

Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, c1998
ISBN: 9780231115681
0231115687
Branch Call Number: R 403 DAL
Characteristics: xvi, 734 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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