The World's Major Languages features over 50 of the world's languages and language families. This revised edition includes updated bibliographies for each chapter and up-to-date census figures. 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. The World’s Major Languages is an accessible and essential reference work for linguists.
This third edition of Kenneth Katzner's best-selling guide to languages is essential reading for language enthusiasts everywhere. Written with the non-specialist in mind, its user-friendly style and layout, delightful original passages, and exotic scripts, will continue to fascinate the reader. This new edition has been thoroughly revised to include more languages, more countries, and up-to-date data on populations. Features include: *information on nearly 600 languages *individual descriptions of 200 languages, with sample passages and English translations *concise notes on where each language is spoken, its history, alphabet and pronunciation *coverage of every country in the world, its main language and speaker numbers *an introduction to language families
Author: Canada. Canadian Heritage. Official Languages Support Programs
Publisher: Canadian Heritage
Presents papers from a conference on official languages, bilingualism, and their economic aspects. Topics of papers include the economic dimensions of minority and foreign language use, international research on the economics of language, advantages of bilingualism in the job market, official language implications of immigration, economic contributions of linguistic minority communities, social and economic policy, and economic benefits of bilingualism.
In this single volume, George Campbell describes over 100 languages. The emphasis is on the world's major languages--those with over one million speakers. The articles are ordered alphabetically and each has a standardized structure for easy reference use: general historical and sociolinguistic introduction, the writing system, the sound system, and the grammatical system. --From publisher's description.