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Title:
Facts about the world's languages : an encyclopedia of the world's major languages, past and present
Author:
Garry, Jane.
Publication Information:
New York : H.W. Wilson, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
xiv, 896 pages : maps ; 29 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780824209704
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Book

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Summary

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An authoritative source of rich, structured data for both the general public and linguistic experts.

Each of the 191 chapters is written by an expert and devoted to a single language. Three indexes are included for cross reference: Language by Country, Language by Family, Language by Alternate Names.

Entry Headings include: Language Name, Location, Family, Related Languages, Dialects, Number of Speakers, Origin and History, Orthography and Basic Phonology, Basic Morphology, Basic Syntax, Contact with Other Languages, Common Words, Selected Bibliography, and Efforts to Preserve, Protect, and Promote the Language.

Facts About the World's Languages has been honoured by Choice Magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title of 2001


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Choice Review

The subtitle of this impressive reference work describes the content more exactly than the title. The encyclopedia includes descriptions of most languages with two million or more current speakers, as well as several ancient languages. Each of its 191 articles, written by a recognized authority, follows a similar format: language name, family, number of speakers, and narrative descriptions of its history, orthography, phonology, morphology, syntax, contact with other languages, and sample words and sentences. Refreshingly, the contributors do not neglect to mention social and political factors that have influenced linguistic change. Because it is hard for any work of linguistics to avoid technical jargon, those without prior knowledge will need to consult the glossary. In terms of scope and content, this work falls between The World's Major Languages, ed. by Bernard Comrie (CH, Feb'88), which surveys 40 world languages, and George Campbell's Compendium of the World's Languages (2nd ed., 2v., CH, Feb'01), which covers five times as many languages as Garry and Rubino but with much less detail. Highly recommended for all academic libraries, including those owning Comrie or Campbell. S. L. Nesbeitt Bridgewater State College


Table of Contents

Contributorsp. v
Abbreviations Employed in this Volumep. viii
Introductionp. ix
How to Use This Bookp. xi
The Languages of the Worldp. 1
Glossaryp. 859
Index of Languages by Countryp. 883
Index of Languages by Familyp. 887
Index of Languages and Alternate Namesp. 889
Acehnesep. 1
Afrikaansp. 4
Akanp. 8
Akkadianp. 11
Albanianp. 15
Amharicp. 20
Arabicp. 23
Aramaicp. 28
Arapeshp. 33
Armenianp. 39
Assamesep. 43
Aymarap. 48
Azerbaijanianp. 52
Balinesep. 55
Balochip. 59
Banglap. 65
Basquep. 72
Belorussianp. 77
Bembap. 81
Bhojpurip. 86
Bikolp. 90
Bugisp. 96
Bulgarianp. 100
Burmesep. 105
Caribbean Creole Englishp. 111
Catalanp. 115
Cebuanop. 121
Cherokeep. 127
Chichewap. 131
Chinese Languages
Classical Chinesep. 134
Ganp. 139
Hakkap. 142
Mandarinp. 146
Minp. 151
Wup. 158
Xiangp. 162
Yuep. 164
Copticp. 169
Creekp. 173
Czechp. 177
Dagaarep. 180
Danishp. 184
Dutchp. 190
Egyptian, Ancientp. 194
Englishp. 199
Etruscanp. 204
Ewep. 207
Finnishp. 214
Frenchp. 219
Fulap. 224
Galicianp. 229
Ge'ezp. 234
Georgianp. 237
Germanp. 241
Gikuyup. 246
Gondip. 249
Gothicp. 253
Greek
Ancientp. 256
Modernp. 263
Guaranip. 271
Gujaratip. 274
Gusiip. 278
Haitian Creolep. 282
Hausap. 286
Hebrew
Biblicalp. 291
Modernp. 296
Hiligaynonp. 300
Hindip. 305
Hittitep. 310
Hungarianp. 314
Ibibiop. 317
Igbop. 322
Ilocanop. 331
Irishp. 336
Italianp. 341
Japanesep. 345
Javanesep. 350
Kamp. 356
Kannadap. 360
Kanurip. 366
Kapampanganp. 371
Kazakhp. 376
Khmerp. 379
Kikongo Kitubap. 383
Kinyarwandap. 385
Kirghizp. 387
Konkanip. 390
Koreanp. 394
Kurmanji Kurdishp. 398
Lakotap. 404
Laop. 409
Latinp. 412
Latvianp. 417
Lingalap. 421
Lithuanianp. 424
Lugandap. 429
Macedonianp. 435
Maduresep. 440
Maithilip. 443
Malagasyp. 448
Malay/Indonesianp. 452
Malayalamp. 459
Maninka-Bambara-Dyulap. 463
Manipuri/Meitheip. 466
Marathip. 471
Mayap. 475
Mendep. 480
Minangkabaup. 483
Mongolianp. 488
Moorep. 492
Namap. 497
Nahuatlp. 502
Navajop. 506
Nepalip. 511
Nivkhp. 515
Norwegianp. 520
Occitanp. 524
Oriyap. 528
Oromop. 531
Palip. 534
Pangasinanp. 539
Pashtop. 543
Persianp. 548
Phoenician/Punicp. 552
Polishp. 556
Polynesian Languagesp. 560
Portuguesep. 567
Pulaarp. 572
Punjabip. 576
Pwo Karenp. 580
Quechuap. 584
Rajasthanip. 591
Romanip. 594
Romanianp. 598
Rundip. 602
Russianp. 605
Sangop. 608
Sanskritp. 611
Santalip. 623
Serbo-Croatianp. 629
Sesothop. 633
Shanp. 637
Shonap. 642
Sindhip. 647
Sinhalap. 654
Siraikip. 657
siSwatip. 660
Slovakp. 664
Slovenep. 668
Sogdianp. 672
Somalip. 675
Spanishp. 680
Sukumap. 685
Sumerianp. 690
Sundanesep. 692
Swahilip. 697
Swedishp. 700
Tagalogp. 703
Tajikp. 708
Tamazightp. 712
Tamilp. 716
Tatarp. 719
Tay-Nungp. 722
Telugup. 728
Thaip. 733
Tibetanp. 740
Tigrinyap. 745
Tocharianp. 748
Tok Pisinp. 752
Tshilubap. 757
Tswanap. 762
Turkishp. 766
Turkmenp. 770
Ukrainianp. 773
UMbundup. 776
Urdup. 780
Uyghurp. 786
Uzbekp. 791
Vietnamesep. 794
Waray Warayp. 797
Warlpirip. 801
Welshp. 804
Wolaittap. 809
Wolofp. 816
Xhosap. 822
Yip. 826
Yiddishp. 830
Yorubap. 836
Yup'ik (Eskimo)p. 842
Zhuang-Bouyeip. 848
Zulup. 852