Compendium of the World's Languages

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Routledge, Jul 24, 2013 - Foreign Language Study - 1984 pages
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This third edition of Compendium of the World’s Languages has been thoroughly revised to provide up-to-date and accurate descriptions of a wide selection of natural language systems. All cultural and historical notes as well as statistical data have been checked, updated and in many cases expanded.

Presenting an even broader range of languages and language families, including new coverage of Australian aboriginal languages and expanded treatment of North American and African languages, this new edition offers a total of 342 entries over nearly 2000 pages.

Key features include:

  • Complete rewriting, systematization and regularisation of the phonology sections
  • Provision of IPA symbol grids arranged by articulatory feature and by alphabetic resemblance to facilitate use of the new phonology sections
  • Expansion of morphology descriptions for most major languages
  • Provision of new illustrative text samples
  • Addition of a glossary of technical terms and an expanded bibliography
  • Comparative tables of the numerals 1-10 in a representative range of languages, and also grouped by family

Drawing upon a wealth of recent developments and research in language typology and broadened availability of descriptive data, this new incarnation of George Campbell’s astounding Compendium brings a much-loved survey emphatically into the twenty-first century for a new generation of readers.

Scholarly, comprehensive and highly accessible, Compendium of the World’s Languages remains the ideal reference for all interested linguists and professionals alike.

 

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For this second edition of a major reference on literary language, first published in 1991, linguist/translator Campbell has added 18 new articles and expanded others, increasing the number of pages ... Read full review

Contents

Articles AK
1
Comparative grid of numbers 110 alphabetical listing
908
Comparative grid of numbers 110 genetic listing
913
Glossary of terms
vi
The International Phonetic Alphabet Chart
xii
IPA symbols by featurepoint of articulation
xiii
IPA symbols by alphabetic similarity
xv
Index of languages
xvii
Abbreviations
xxix
Articles LZ
919
Comparative grid of numbers 110 alphabetical listing
1846
Comparative grid of numbers 110 genetic listing
1851
Bibliography
1856
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About the author (2013)

George L. Campbell worked for the BBC World Service and was a polyglot linguist and translator.

Gareth King is Series Advisor for the Routledge Colloquials Series and the author of numerous books on language and linguistics.

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