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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Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Indo-European LanguagesPhilip 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. FrenchLinda R. WaughandMonique Monville-Burston  10. Spanish John N. Green 11. PortugueseStephen Parkinson  12. Italian Nigel Vincent  13. Rumanian Graham Mallinson  14. Slavonic LanguagesBernard Comrie  15. Russian Bernard Comrie  16. PolishGerald Stone  17. Czech and Slovak David Short  18. Serbo-Croat: Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, Serbian Greville CorbettandWayles Browne  19. Greek Brian D. Joseph  20. Indo-Aryan Languages George Cardona  21. Sanskrit George Cardona22. Hindi-Urdu Yamuna Kachru 23. Bengali M.H. Klaiman 24. Iranian LanguagesJ.R. PayneandBehrooz Mahmoodi-Bakhtiari  25. Persian Gernot L. Windfuhr  26. PashtoD.N. MacKenzie  27. Uralic Languages Robert Austerlitz  28. HungarianDaniel Abondolo 29. Finnish Michael Branch  30. Turkish and the Turkic LanguagesJaklin Kornfilt  31. Afroasiatic Languages Robert Hetzron  32. Semitic LanguagesRobert HetzronandAlan S. Kaye  33. Arabic Alan S. Kaye  34. Hebrew Robert HetzronandAlan 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. LiandSandra 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. TagalogPaul SchachterandLawrence A. Reid  50. Niger-kordafian Languages Douglas Pulleyblank51. Yoruba Douglas PulleyblankandO. 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