LINGUIST List 12.1257

Sun May 6 2001

Qs: Speaker Numbers/Nat Langs, Intro Text/Chinese

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  1. Mark Stevenson, number of speakers for main natural languages
  2. Robert Inglis, A Study of the Chinese Language

Message 1: number of speakers for main natural languages

Date: Fri, 04 May 2001 15:53:47 +0100
From: Mark Stevenson <Mark.Stevensonreuters.com>
Subject: number of speakers for main natural languages



I am interested in finding counts for the number of speakers of as many natural
languages as possible but I am most interested in the largest ones. If possible
I'd like to have two lists - one for first language speakers and the other for
second language speakers.
Any pointers would be much appreciated.


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Message 2: A Study of the Chinese Language

Date: Sat, 05 May 2001 14:39:00
From: Robert Inglis <robertinglishotmail.com>
Subject: A Study of the Chinese Language

Hello Listmembers:

Could any of you please recommend to me the best introductory text you know 
of on the Chinese Language (Mandarin or maybe Cantonese)? Ideally, the text 
would focus in good part on Chinese logography, the psychology of reading 
the characters, and other considerations of their writing system.

Thank you for your time,
Robert Inglis
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