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Languages of the World
An Introduction

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: September 2017
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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? Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, the new edition of this engaging 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. Numerous language family charts enable students to place a language geographically or genealogically. Updated and revised throughout, the second edition includes two new chapters and new pedagogical features, such as 'Advanced' sections, textboxes and 'Did you know?' boxes. Important websites are integrated into the text, and each chapter includes a 'Do it yourself' section, comprising assignments, questions and problem sets. Supplementary online resources include illustrations, key term flashcards and useful links. This introduction is an essential resource for undergraduate courses on language typology, historical linguistics and general linguistics.

    • Two new chapters on the languages of Iran, South Asia and Northern Eurasia extend the book's coverage
    • Accessibility and style is improved with narrative introductions in all chapters and distinct 'advanced' sections
    • Important websites are integrated in to the chapters and assignments, and supplementary online resources include illustrations, key term flashcards and useful links
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    'This book is unique, there are no other books like it.' Bradley Montgomery-Anderson, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma

    '… there is no other material at present which so exactly fits the needs of our course … the text is really reader-friendly, a pleasure to use in class, and popular with the students. The inclusion of assignments and exercises in every chapter is a very valuable addition, and the addition of different kinds of boxes with further information makes the reading process more flexible and multi-dimensional.' Arthur Holmer, Lunds Universitet, Sweden

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: September 2017
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316767368
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Abbreviations used in the glosses
    1. Introduction:
    1.1. Languages, dialects, and accents
    1.2. Language families
    1.3. Linguistic diversity
    1.4. Focus on: how do languages diversify?
    2. Languages of Europe:
    2.1. Indo-European Languages
    2.2. Discovery of the Indo-European family and comparative reconstruction
    2.3. The Indo-European controversy
    2.4. Non- Indo-European languages of Europe:
    2.4.1. Basque
    2.5. Focus on: endangered languages of Europe
    3. Languages of Iran and South Asia:
    3.1. Indo-European languages of Iran and South Asia:
    3.1.1. Iranian languages
    3.1.2. Indo-Aryan languages
    3.2. Dravidian languages
    3.3. Other languages of India
    3.4. Focus on: universals and the Parametric theory of language
    4. Languages of Northern Eurasia:
    4.1. Finno-Ugric languages
    4.2. Other Uralic languages
    4.3. Other languages of Siberia
    4.4. Russian-based pidgins of Siberia
    4.5. Focus on: evidential markers in Yukaghir languages
    5. Languages of the Caucasus:
    5.1. Northwest Caucasian languages
    5.2. Northeast Caucasian languages
    5.3. Kartvelian languages
    5.4. Indo-European languages in the Caucasus
    5.5. Focus on: field Linguistics
    6. Languages of the Greater Middle East:
    6.1. Turkic languages
    6.2. Afroasiatic languages:
    6.2.1. Semitic languages
    6.3. Focus on: language contact
    7. Languages of Sub-Saharan Africa:
    7.1. Nilo-Saharan languages
    7.2. Niger-Congo languages
    7.3. Khoisan languages
    7.4. Focus on: official languages, trade languages, and creole languages in sub-Saharan Africa
    8. Languages of Eastern Asia:
    8.1. Sino-Tibetan languages
    8.2. Austro-Asiatic languages
    8.3. Tai-Kadai languages
    8.4. Japanese and Korean
    8.5. Focus on: isolating morphology and language change
    9. Languages of the South Sea Islands:
    9.1. Discovery of the Austronesian family and the Austronesian Homeland
    9.2. The Austronesian realm
    9.3. The Austronesian prototype
    9.4. Focus on: the mystery of Malagasy
    10. Aboriginal Languages of Papua New Guinea and Australia:
    10.1. Languages of Papua New Guinea
    10.2. Languages of Australia
    10.3. Focus on: is Dyirbal a primitive language?
    11. Native Languages of the Americas:
    11.1. Languages of North America
    11.2. Languages of Meso-America
    11.3. Languages of South America
    11.4. Focus on: the Pirahã Controversy
    12. Macro Families:
    12.1. Dene-Yeniseian hypothesis
    12.2. Altaic and Ural-Altaic macro-families
    12.3. The Nostratic and Eurasiatic hypotheses
    12.4. Other hypothesized macro language families
    13. Pidgins, Creoles, and Other Mixed Languages:
    13.1. Pidgins
    13.2. Creoles
    Index of languages

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    Asya Pereltsvaig, Stanford University, California
    Asya Pereltsvaig is an independent scholar, and was most recently a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at Stanford University, California.

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