Introduction to the Languages of the World

The only textbook of its kind, An Introduction to the Languages of the World is designed to introduce beginning linguistics students, who now typically start their study with little background in languages, to the variety of the languages ...

Author: Anatole Lyovin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195149883

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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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 linguistic structure 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-depth analyses 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 sign languages 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. There is an instructor's manual available for registered instructors on the book's companion website.

An Introduction to the Languages of the World

( The classic survey of the languages of the world ; now quite outdated , but still of some interest . ) Moseley , C. , and R. E. Asher , gen . eds . 1994. Atlas of the world's languages . London : Routledge .

Author: Anatole Lyovin

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195081161

Category: Language and languages.

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This text is designed to introduce students to the variety of languages of the world.

Languages of the World

'Test yourself' questions throughout the book make it easier for students to analyze data from unfamiliar languages"--

Author: Asya Pereltsvaig

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ISBN: 1139224166

Category: Language and languages

Page: 278

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"What do all human languages have in common and in what ways are they different? How can language be used to trace different peoples and their past? Are certain languages similar because of common descent or language contact? Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, this textbook introduces readers to the rich diversity of human languages, familiarizing students with the variety and typology of languages around the world. Linguistic terms and concepts are explained, in the text and in the glossary, and illustrated with simple, accessible examples. Eighteen language maps and numerous language family charts enable students to place a language geographically or genealogically. A supporting website includes additional language maps and sound recordings that can be used to illustrate the peculiarities of the sound systems of various languages. 'Test yourself' questions throughout the book make it easier for students to analyze data from unfamiliar languages"--

Studies in Language

A study of partial language shift from Judeo-Sorbian to German.' International Journal of Social Languages 91, 9-150 Anatole V. Lyovin, An introduction to the languages of the world. Oxford: Oxford University Press 1997.

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Concise Encyclopedia of Languages of the World

English as a global language. Cambridge: Cambridge University ... Reversing language shift: theoretical and empirical foundations of assistance to threatened languages. ... Saving languages: an introduction to language revitalization.

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Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9780080877754

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Concise Encyclopedia of Languages of the World is an authoritative single-volume reference resource comprehensively describing the major languages and language families of the world. It will provide full descriptions of the phonology, semantics, morphology, and syntax of the world’s major languages, giving insights into their structure, history and development, sounds, meaning, structure, and language family, thereby both highlighting their diversity for comparative study, and contextualizing them according to their genetic relationships and regional distribution. Based on the highly acclaimed and award-winning Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, this volume will provide an edited collection of almost 400 articles throughout which a representative subset of the world's major languages are unfolded and explained in up-to-date terminology and authoritative interpretation, by the leading scholars in linguistics. In highlighting the diversity of the world’s languages — from the thriving to the endangered and extinct — this work will be the first point of call to any language expert interested in this huge area. No other single volume will match the extent of language coverage or the authority of the contributors of Concise Encyclopedia of Languages of the World. * Extraordinary breadth of coverage: a comprehensive selection of just under 400 articles covering the world's major languages, language families, and classification structures, issues and disputes * Peerless quality: based on 20 years of academic development on two editions of the leading reference resource in linguistics, Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics * Unique authorship: 350 of the world's leading experts brought together for one purpose * Exceptional editorial selection, review and validation process: Keith Brown and Sarah Ogilvie act as first-tier guarantors for article quality and coverage * Compact and affordable: one-volume format makes this suitable for personal study at any institution interested in areal, descriptive, or comparative language study - and at a fraction of the cost of the full encyclopedia

Languages of the World

An Introduction Asya Pereltsvaig. consider several examples of such putative “macro families”, or “phyla”, as they are sometimes called, in Chapter 12. While many of the world's languages have been classified into this or that family, ...

Author: Asya Pereltsvaig

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107171145

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 408

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What do all human languages have in common and in what ways are they different? How can language be used to trace different peoples and their past? Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, the new edition of this engaging textbook introduces readers to the rich diversity of human languages, familiarizing students with the variety and typology of languages around the world. Linguistic terms and concepts are explained, in the text and in the glossary, and illustrated with simple, accessible examples. Numerous language family charts enable students to place a language geographically or genealogically. Updated and revised throughout, the second edition includes two new chapters and new pedagogical features, such as 'Advanced' sections, textboxes and 'Did you know?' boxes. Important websites are integrated into the text, and each chapter includes a 'Do it yourself' section, comprising assignments, questions and problem sets. Supplementary online resources include illustrations, key term flashcards and useful links. This introduction is an essential resource for undergraduate courses on language typology, historical linguistics and general linguistics.

Sign Languages of the World

Hansen, Britta. 1985. Om tegnsprog: En introduction [About sign language: An introduction]. In Britta Hansen (ed.), Tegnsprogsforskning og tegnsprogsbrug [Sign language research and sign language use], 7–12. Copenhagen: F. Hendriksens.

Author: Julie Bakken Jepsen

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9781501501029

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1018

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Although a number of edited collections deal with either the languages of the world or the languages of particular regions or genetic families, only a few cover sign languages or even include a substantial amount of information on them. This handbook provides information on some 38 sign languages, including basic facts about each of the languages, structural aspects, history and culture of the Deaf communities, and history of research. This information will be of interest not just to general audiences, including those who are deaf, but also to linguists and students of linguistics. By providing information on sign languages in a manner accessible to a less specialist audience, this volume fills an important gap in the literature.

The World s Major Languages

'East and South-East Asia', in R.E. Asher and C.J. Moseley (eds), Atlas of the World's Languages, ... Burmese: An Introduction to the Spoken Language, Books 1 and 2; An Introduction to the Script; An Introduction to the Literary Style, ...

Author: Bernard Comrie

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317290490

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 934

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The World's Major Languages features over 50 of the world's languages and language families. This revised edition includes updated bibliographies for each chapter and up-to-date census figures. 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. The World’s Major Languages is an accessible and essential reference work for linguists.

Cataloguing the World s Endangered Languages

2018. Endangered language isolates. In Campbell, Lyle (ed.), Language isolates, 344–371. Abingdon and New York: Routledge. Pereltsvaig, Asya. 2012. Languages of the world: An introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Author: Lyle Campbell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317413899

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 308

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Cataloguing the World’s Endangered Languages brings together the results of the extensive and influential Catalogue of Endangered Languages (ELCat) project. Based on the findings from the most extensive endangered languages research project, this is the most comprehensive source of accurate information on endangered languages. The book presents the academic and scientific findings that underpin the online Catalogue, located at www.endangeredlanguages.com, making it an essential companion to the website for academics and researchers working in this area. While the online Catalogue displays much data from the ELCat project, this volume develops and emphasizes aspects of the research behind the data and includes topics of great interest in the field, not previously covered in a single volume. Cataloguing the World’s Endangered Languages is an important volume of particular interest to academics and researchers working with endangered languages.

Compendium of the World s Languages

Dravidian languages Andronov, M.S. (1965) Dravidijskie jazyki, Moscow. Emeneau, M.B. (1980) Language and Linguistic Area, Stanford, CA. ... Egyptian Allen, J.P. (2010) Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language, Cambridge.

Author: George L. Campbell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136258466

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1984

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This third edition of Compendium of the World’s Languages has been thoroughly revised to provide up-to-date and accurate descriptions of a wide selection of natural language systems. All cultural and historical notes as well as statistical data have been checked, updated and in many cases expanded. Presenting an even broader range of languages and language families, including new coverage of Australian aboriginal languages and expanded treatment of North American and African languages, this new edition offers a total of 342 entries over nearly 2000 pages. Key features include: Complete rewriting, systematization and regularisation of the phonology sections Provision of IPA symbol grids arranged by articulatory feature and by alphabetic resemblance to facilitate use of the new phonology sections Expansion of morphology descriptions for most major languages Provision of new illustrative text samples Addition of a glossary of technical terms and an expanded bibliography Comparative tables of the numerals 1-10 in a representative range of languages, and also grouped by family Drawing upon a wealth of recent developments and research in language typology and broadened availability of descriptive data, this new incarnation of George Campbell’s astounding Compendium brings a much-loved survey emphatically into the twenty-first century for a new generation of readers. Scholarly, comprehensive and highly accessible, Compendium of the World’s Languages remains the ideal reference for all interested linguists and professionals alike.