Dictionary of Languages: The Definitive Reference to More Than 400 Languages

Dictionary of Languages: The Definitive Reference to More Than 400 Languages

Andrew Dalby

Approximately what percentage languages compose the Bantu language team of imperative and southern Africa? what's the identify of the language spoken in Hawaii by way of an expected thousand humans? What Western eu language isn't recognized to be on the topic of the other language relations within the world―and is taken into account by way of linguists to be the most tricky to learn?

These are just the various questions language enthusiasts, linguists, and lay readers might be in a position to resolution with the Dictionary of Languages―an easy-to-navigate, authoritative advisor to the world's languages and language teams on the finish of the 20 th century. Andrew Dalby had the wishes and pursuits of basic readers in brain whilst he compiled this complete reference work―most different language courses are written for students, and plenty of comprise little or not one of the soaking up social, cultural, geographic, and ancient info which are introduced jointly here.

In the Dictionary of Languages, readers will find:

•a choice of 400 languages and language teams, prepared alphabetically, with wealthy, targeted descriptions of the genesis, improvement, and present prestige of each;

•more than 200 maps showing the place the languages are spoken today;

•sidebars displaying alphabets, numerals, and different enriching facts

•a accomplished index directory extra languages, guiding readers to the closest language teams with complete writeups and maps;

•charts breaking down huge language groups―such as Bantu or Austroasiatic languages―by geographic area and approximate variety of speakers.

In an international the place geopolitical limitations frequently clarify little in regards to the people who reside inside them, the place we may well examine Kurd and Khmer within the comparable newspaper and be anticipated to be conversant approximately each―if no longer accustomed to each―Dalby's unmarried, information-packed quantity is helping us make feel of the wealthy mosaic of worldwide languages.

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