Languages of the World An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0521175771

ISBN-13: 9780521175777

Edition: 2012

Authors: Asya Pereltsvaig

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What do all human languages have in common and in what ways are they different? How can language be used to trace different peoples and their past? Are certain languages similar because of common descent or language contact? Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, this textbook introduces readers to the rich diversity of human languages, familiarizing students with the variety and typology of languages around the world. Linguistic terms and concepts are explained, in the text and in the glossary, and illustrated with simple, accessible examples. Eighteen language maps and numerous language family charts enable students to place a language geographically or genealogically. A supporting website includes additional language maps and sound recordings that can be used to illustrate the peculiarities of the sound systems of various languages. 'Test yourself' questions throughout the book make it easier for students to analyze data from unfamiliar languages.
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Book details

List price: $45.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/9/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 293
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

Asya Pereltsvaig is a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at Stanford University.

List of figures
List of maps
List of tables
Words, words, words…
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations used in the glosses
Introduction
Languages, dialects and accents
Language families
Linguistic diversity
Indo-European languages
Discovery of the Indo-European family and comparative reconstruction
The Indo-European controversy
The Indo-European realm
Focus on: Lesser-known Indo-European languages
Non-Indo-European languages of Europe and India
Finno-Ugric languages
Basque
Dravidian languages
Focus on: Universals and the parametric theory of language
Languages of the Caucasus
Northwest Caucasian languages
Northeast Caucasian languages
Kartvelian languages
Indo-European languages in the Caucasus
Focus on: Field linguistics
Languages of Northern Africa, Middle East and Central Asia
Turkic languages
Semitic languages
Focus on: Language contact
Languages of sub-Saharan Africa
Nilo-Saharan languages
Niger-Congo languages
Khoisan languages
Focus on: Official languages, trade languages and creole languages in sub-Saharan Africa
Languages of eastern Asia
Sino-Tibetan languages
Austro-Asiatic languages
Tai-Kadai languages
Focus on: Isolating morphology and language change
Languages of the South Sea Islands
The Austronesian realm
The Austronesian prototype
The Polynesian controversy
Focus on: The mystery of Malagasy
Aboriginal languages of Australia and Papua New Guinea
Languages of Papua New Guinea
Languages of Australia
Focus on: Is Dyirbal a primitive language?
Native languages of the Americas
Languages of North America
Languages of Meso-America
Languages of South America
Focus on: The Pirah� controversy
Macro families
Afroasiatic languages
Uralic languages
Altaic languages
The Nostratic and Eurasiatic hypotheses
Other hypothesized macro language families
Pidgins, creoles and other mixed languages
Pidgins
Creoles
Mixed Jewish languages
Glossary
References
Index of languages
Index of terms
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