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TitleThe World's major languages
Author edited by, Bernard Comrie
Imprint New York : Routledge, 2011
Edition 2nd ed.
Descript xvi, 911 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm

SUMMARY

This volume features over 50 of the world's languages and language families. The featured languages have been chosen based on the number of speakers, their role as official languages and their cultural and historical importance. Each language is looked at in depth, and the chapters provide information on both grammatical features and on salient features of the language's history and cultural role.
This second edition has been updated and revised. Two new languages, Amharic and Javanese, have been included. This accessible volume will appeal to anyone with an interest in linguistics.
Key features: Attention is paid to both grammatical and sociolinguistic features ; Attention is concentrated on the world's major languages ; Designed to be accessible to all readers with an interest in language. -- From back cover


CONTENT

Indo-European languages / Philip Baldi -- Germanic languages / John A. Hawkins -- English / Edward Finegan -- German / John A. Hawkins -- Dutch / Jan G. Kooij -- Danish, Norwegian and Swedish / Einar Haugen -- Latin and the Italic languages / R.G.G. Coleman -- Romance languages / John N. Green -- French / Linda R. Waugh, Monique Monville-Burston -- Spanish / John N. Green -- Portuguese / Stephen Parkinson -- Italian / Nigel Vincent -- Rumanian / Graham Mallinson -- Slavonic languages / Bernard Comrie -- Russian / Bernard Comrie -- Polish / Gerald Stone -- Czech and Slovak / David Short -- Serbo-Croat : Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, Serbian / Greville Corbett, Wayles Browne -- Greek / Brian D. Joseph -- Indo-Aryan languages / George Cardona, Silvia Luraghi -- Sanskrit / George Cardona, Silvia Luraghi -- Hindi-Urdu / Yamuna Kachru -- Bengali / M.H. Klaiman -- Iranian languages / J.R. Payne, Behrooz Mahmoodi-Bakhtiari -- Persian / Gernot L. Windfuhr -- Pashto / D.N. MacKenzie -- Uralic languages / Robert Austerlitz -- Hungarian / Daniel Abondolo -- Finnish / Michael Branch -- Turkish and the Turkic languages / Jaklin Kornfilt -- Afroasiatic languages / Robert Hetzron -- Semitic languages / Robert Hetzron, Alan S. Kaye -- Arabic / Alan S. Kaye -- Hebrew / Robert Hetzron, Alan S. Kaye -- Amharic / Grover Hudson -- Hausa and the Chadic languages / Paul Newman -- Tamil and the Dravidian languages / Sanford B. Steever -- Tai languages / David Strecker -- Thai / Thomas John Hudak -- Vietnamese / Đình-Hoà Nguŷẽn -- Sino-Tibetan languages / Scott DeLancey -- Chinese / Charles N. Li, Sandra A. Thompson -- Burmese / Julian K. Wheatley -- Japanese / Masayoshi Shibatani -- Korean / Nam-Kil Kim -- Austronesian languages / Ross Clark -- Malay-Indonesian / Uri Tadmor -- Javanese / Michael P. Oakes -- Tagalog / Paul Schachter, Lawrence A. Reid -- Niger-Kordofanian languages / Douglas Pulleyblank -- Yoruba / Douglas Pulleyblank, Ọlanikẹ Ọla Orie -- Swahili and the Bantu languages / Benji Wald


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