The World Atlas of Language Structures is a book and CD combination
displaying the structural properties of the world's languages. 142 world
maps and numerous regional maps - all in color - display the geographical
distribution of features of pronunciation and grammar, such as number of
vowels, tone systems, gender, plurals, tense, word order, and body part
terminology. Each world map shows an average of 400 languages and is
accompanied by a fully referenced description of the structural feature in
question. The CD provides an interactive electronic version of the database
which allows the reader to zoom in on or customize the maps, to display
bibliographical sources, and to establish correlations between features.
The book and the CD together provide an indispensable source of information
for linguists and others seeking to understand human languages. The Atlas
will be especially valuable for linguistic typologists, grammatical
theorists, historical and comparative linguists, and for those studying a
region such as Africa, Southeast Asia, North America, Australia, and
Europe. It will also interest anthropologists and geographers. More than
fifty authors from many different countries have collaborated to produce a
work that sets new standards in comparative linguistics.
No institution involved in language research can afford to be without it.