LINGUIST List 31.3388

Wed Nov 04 2020

Books: Languages of the World: Pereltsvaig

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Date: 03-Nov-2020
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Subject: Languages of the World: Pereltsvaig
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Title: Languages of the World
Subtitle: An Introduction
Published: 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Asya Pereltsvaig
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108748124 Pages: 500 Price: U.S. $ 39.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108748124 Pages: 500 Price: U.K. £ 29.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108748124 Pages: 500 Price: Europe EURO 35.00

Are you curious to know what all human languages have in common and in what ways they differ? Do you want to find out how language can be used to trace different peoples and their past? Then this book is for you! Now in its third edition, it guides beginners through the rich diversity of the world's languages. It presupposes no background in linguistics, and introduces the reader to linguistic concepts with the help of problem sets, end of chapter exercises and an extensive bibliography. Charts of language families provide geographical and genealogical information, and engaging sidebars with demographic, social, historical and geographical facts help to contextualise and bring languages to life. This edition includes a fully updated glossary of all linguistic terms used, new problem sets, and a new chapter on cartography. Supplementary online materials include links to all websites mentioned, and answers to the exercises for instructors.

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Languages of Europe; 3. Languages of Iran and South Asia; 4. Languages of Northern Eurasia; 5. Languages of the Caucasus; 6. Languages of the Greater Middle East; 7. Languages of sub-Saharan Africa; 8. Languages of eastern Asia; 9. Languages of the South Sea Islands; 10. Aboriginal languages of New Guinea and Australia; 11. Native languages of the Americas; 12. Remaining issues: macro families, sign languages, and constructed languages; Glossary; Index of languages; Index of terms; Bibliography.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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