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Title:
The Languages of the world
Author:
Katzner, Kenneth.
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9780415250047
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Edition:
Rev. ed.
Publication Information:
London : Routledge, 2003.
Physical Description:
x, 384 p.
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Includes text in each language, with translation into English.

Includes index.
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Summary

Summary

This third edition of Kenneth Katzner's best-selling guide to languages is essential reading for language enthusiasts everywhere. Written with the non-specialist in mind, its user-friendly style and layout, delightful original passages, and exotic scripts, will continue to fascinate the reader. This new edition has been thoroughly revised to include more languages, more countries, and up-to-date data on populations.
Features include:
*information on nearly 600 languages
*individual descriptions of 200 languages, with sample passages and English translations
*concise notes on where each language is spoken, its history, alphabet and pronunciation
*coverage of every country in the world, its main language and speaker numbers
*an introduction to language families


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Part I Language Families of the Worldp. 1
Language Families of the Worldp. 2
Indo-European Languagesp. 10
Altaic Languagesp. 18
Caucasian Languagesp. 19
Munda Languagesp. 21
Sino-Tibetan Languagesp. 22
Australian Languagesp. 25
Khoisan Languagesp. 30
Artificial Languagesp. 32
Part II Individual Languagesp. 35
Languages of Europep. 37
Languages of the Former Soviet Unionp. 109
Languages of the Middle Eastp. 151
Languages of Asiap. 169
Languages of Oceaniap. 241
Languages of the Western Hemispherep. 249
Languages of Africap. 287
An Artificial Languagep. 333
Part III Country-By-Country Surveyp. 337
Sources of Individual Passagesp. 369
Indexp. 377