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One Thousand Languages Living, Endangered, and Lost

ISBN-10: 0520255607
ISBN-13: 9780520255609
Edition: 2008
Authors: Peter K. Austin
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Description: There are more than six thousand languages used around the world today, although linguists now estimate that by the year 2050 as many as half of those will be extinct. This beautifully designed, engagingly written reference takes us on a panoramic  More...

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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 9/1/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.640
Language: English

There are more than six thousand languages used around the world today, although linguists now estimate that by the year 2050 as many as half of those will be extinct. This beautifully designed, engagingly written reference takes us on a panoramic tour of the globe to explore this unique and endangered human gift. Generously illustrated throughout with color photographs, informative sidebars, and clear maps and graphics,One Thousand Languagesilluminates the sources, characteristics, and interrelationships of the world's spoken tongues. It looks in detail at the eleven global languages, then delves into the major languages of each world region in turn. Each entry gives a history of the growth and development of the language, details the number of speakers, and traces its geographical spread. The volume also provides information on many extinct languages. A detailed map section tracks the migrations of the major languages, and the book also tells how to count to ten in more than 250 ways. Copub: Ivy Press Limited

Introduction
World Languages
European Languages
North and West African Languages
Central, East, and Southern African Languages
South Asian Languages
Central, Western, and Northern Asian Languages
East and Southeast Asian Languages
Australia-Pacific Languages
Languages of the Americas
Endangered Languages
Extinct Languages
Maps
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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