The World's Major Languages by Bernard ComrieThe World's Major Languages by Bernard Comrie

The World's Major Languages

byBernard Comrie

Paperback | February 24, 2011

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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.
Title:The World's Major LanguagesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:928 pages, 9.69 × 6.85 × 0.68 inPublished:February 24, 2011Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:041560902X

ISBN - 13:9780415609029

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Technical and thorough I found this book in a regular bookstore, not in one specialised in textbooks or scientific literature, so I had the impression the essays would be more accessible to the layperson. I found it fun to read, but if I was not already a linguist I don't think I would have understood much.
Date published: 2017-01-29

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Indo-European Languages Philip Baldi  2. Germanic Languages  John A. Hawkins  3. English  Edward Finegan  4. German  John A. Hawkins  5. Dutch  Jan G. Kooij  6. Danish, Norwegian and Swedish  Einar Haugen  7. Latin and the Italic Languages  R.G.G. Coleman  8. Romance Languages  John N. Green  9. French Linda R. Waugh and Monique Monville-Burston  10. Spanish  John N. Green  11. Portuguese Stephen Parkinson  12. Italian  Nigel Vincent  13. Rumanian  Graham Mallinson  14. Slavonic Languages Bernard Comrie  15. Russian  Bernard Comrie  16. Polish Gerald Stone  17. Czech and Slovak  David Short  18. Serbo-Croat: Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, Serbian  Greville Corbett and Wayles Browne  19. Greek  Brian D. Joseph  20. Indo-Aryan Languages  George Cardona  21. Sanskrit  George Cardona 22. Hindi-Urdu  Yamuna Kachru  23. Bengali  M.H. Klaiman  24. Iranian Languages J.R. Payne and Behrooz Mahmoodi-Bakhtiari  25. Persian  Gernot L. Windfuhr  26. Pashto D.N. MacKenzie  27. Uralic Languages  Robert Austerlitz  28. Hungarian Daniel Abondolo  29. Finnish  Michael Branch  30. Turkish and the Turkic Languages Jaklin Kornfilt  31. Afroasiatic Languages  Robert Hetzron  32. Semitic Languages Robert Hetzron and Alan S. Kaye  33. Arabic  Alan S. Kaye  34. Hebrew  Robert Hetzron and Alan S. Kaye  35. Amharic  Grover Hudson  36. Hausa and the Chadic Languages  Paul Newman  37. Tamil and the Dravidian Languages  Sanford B. Steever  38. Tai Languages  David Strecker  39. Thai  Thomas John Hudak  40. Vietnamese ¿nh-Ho¿guy.n  41. Sino-Tibetan Languages  Scott DeLancey  42. Chinese  Charles N. Li and Sandra A. Thompson  43. Burmese  Julian K. Wheatley  44. Japanese  Masayoshi Shibatani  45. Korean  Nam-Kil Kim  46. Austronesian Languages  Ross Clark  47. Malay-Indonesian  Uri Tadmor  48. Javanese  Michael P. Oakes  49. Tagalog Paul Schachter and Lawrence A. Reid  50. Niger-kordafian Languages  Douglas Pulleyblank 51. Yoruba  Douglas Pulleyblank and O. lanike. O. la Orie  52. Swahili and Bantu  Benji Wald

Editorial Reviews

'This excellent, thorough resource has an unsurpassed amount of detail for a single-volume survey.' --S. L. Johnson, Eastern Illinois University, Choice Reviews 'Highly recommended. Academic libraries supporting lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.' --S. L. Johnson, Eastern Illinois University, Choice Reviews 'Originally published in 1987, the second edition of this major handbook contains considerable enough amount of revision and new material to warrant its purchase by those libraries which invested in the original edition' -- Reference Reviews 'The Volume is well constructed for reference access as well as for more in-depth consultation' -- Reference Reviews