Introduction to the Languages of the World

Paperback | December 15, 2016

byAnatole Lyovin, Brett Kessler, William Leben

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Unique in scope, An Introduction to the Languages of the World introduces linguistics students to the variety of world's languages. Students will gain familiarity with concepts such as sound change, lexical borrowing, diglossia, and language diffusion, and the rich variety of linguisticstructure in word order, morphological types, grammatical relations, gender, inflection, and derivation. It offers the opportunity to explore structures of varying and fascinating languages even with no prior acquaintance. A chapter is devoted to each of the world's continents, with in-depthanalyses of representative languages of Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and America, and separate chapters cover writing systems and pidgins and creoles. Each chapter contains exercises and recommendations for further reading. New to this edition are eleven original maps as well as sections on signlanguages and language death and revitalization. For greater readability, basic language facts are now organized in tables, and language samples follow international standards for phonetic transcription and word-by-word glossing.

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Unique in scope, An Introduction to the Languages of the World introduces linguistics students to the variety of world's languages. Students will gain familiarity with concepts such as sound change, lexical borrowing, diglossia, and language diffusion, and the rich variety of linguisticstructure in word order, morphological types, gram...

Anatole Lyovin is retired Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Brett Kessler is Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. William Leben is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at Stanford University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:December 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195149882

ISBN - 13:9780195149883

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"The second edition of An Introduction to the Languages of the World is a leap forward. I welcome the chapter on writing systems and the language sketches. The book stresses the diversity of the world's languages and is well balanced across the globe. The decision to use ISO coding forlanguage names, now the standard nomenclature for languages, is also welcome. Altogether, a fine achievement." --Mark Aronoff, Distinguished Professor of Linguistics, Stony Brook University