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The World’s Major Languages

Edited by: Comrie Bernard

Print publication date:  November  2008
Online publication date:  January  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415353397
eBook ISBN: 9780203301524
Adobe ISBN: 9781134261567

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This volume features over 50 of the world's languages and language families. 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.

This second edition has been updated and revised. Two new languages, Amharic and Javanese, have been included.

This accessible volume will appeal to anyone with an interest in linguistics.

Key features:

  • Attention is paid to both grammatical and sociolinguistic features
  • Attention is concentrated on the world's major languages
  • Designed to be accessible to all readers with an interest in language.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Indo-European Languages Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Germanic Languages Download PDF
Chapter  4:  English Download PDF
Chapter  5:  German Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Dutch Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Danish, Norwegian and Swedish Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Latin and the Italic Languages Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Romance languages Download PDF
Chapter  10:  French Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Spanish Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Portuguese Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Italian Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Rumanian Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Slavonic Languages Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Russian Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Polish Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Czech and Slovak Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Serbo-Croat Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Greek Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Indo-Aryan Languages Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Sanskrit Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Hindi-Urdu Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Bengali Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Iranian Languages Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Persian Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Pashto Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Uralic languages Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Hungarian Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Finnish Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Turkish and the Turkic languages Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Afroasiatic Languages Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Semitic Languages Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Arabic Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Hebrew Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Amharic Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Hausa and the Chadic Languages Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Tamil and the Dravidian languages Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Tai languages Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Thai Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Vietnamese Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Sino-Tibetan Languages Download PDF
Chapter  43:  Chinese Download PDF
Chapter  44:  Burmese Download PDF
Chapter  45:  Japanese Download PDF
Chapter  46:  Korean Download PDF
Chapter  47:  Austronesian Languages Download PDF
Chapter  48:  Malay-Indonesian  Download PDF
Chapter  49:  Javanese Download PDF
Chapter  50:  Tagalog Download PDF
Chapter  51:  Niger-Kordofanian (Niger-Congo) languages Download PDF
Chapter  52:  Yoruba Download PDF
Chapter  53:  Swahili and the Bantu languages Download PDF
Language _index Download PDF
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