Concise Compendium of the World's Languages

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Routledge, Sep 2, 2003 - Foreign Language Study - 680 pages
From Afrikaans to Zulu, almost 100 languages from the comprehensive Compendium of the World's Languages are featured in this new concise version. Many articles have been revised.

The Concise Compendium presents a detailed comparative study of the major and many of the lesser known languages of the world. Included are representatives of all language families, with samples of Amerindian, such as Navajo and of African languages, such as Fulani and Nama; languages of politically independent groups in the former USSR, like Uzbek and Belorussian; those of political pressure groups, such as Breton and Catalan and significant community/ethnic languages, including Amharic and Vietnamese.

Throughout, the treatment is factual and jargon-free. Articles are ordered alphabetically and each has a standard structure for ease of reference:

* general historical and sociolinguistic introduction
* writing system
* sound system
* grammatical system
A passage from the Gospel of St. John illustrates each language with a written tradition. These scripts are explained in an appendix at the end of the book.
Presents 100 of the world's major languages and representatives of different language groups, politically significant languages and particularly interesting ones.
 

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Contents

Afrikaans
1
Akan or Twi
6
Albanian
11
Amharic
18
Arabic
24
Armenian Modern Standard
33
Assamese
39
Balinese
44
Macedonian
319
Malayalam
324
Maori
329
Mapudungu
333
Marathi
339
Mongolian Modern
345
Nama
350
Navajo
354

Baltic Languages
48
Bantu Languages
49
Basque
58
Belorussian
64
Bengali bāṅlā
69
Berber
75
Breton
80
Buginese
87
Bulgarian
92
Burmese
98
Cambodian Khmer
103
Catalan
108
Chinese Classical Wenli
113
Chinese Modern Standard
118
Czech
124
Danish
130
Dravidian Languages
135
Dutch
137
English
143
Estonian
157
Finnish
163
French
170
Fulani Fulbe
178
Georgian
183
German
189
Greek Modern Standard
197
Guaranί
204
Gujarati
208
Hausa
213
Hebrew
219
Hindi
225
Hungarian
230
Icelandic
236
Igbo
242
IndoEuropean Languages
247
Indonesian
249
Italian
254
Japanese Modern Standard
260
Javanese
267
Kannada Kanarese
272
Kashmiri
277
Korean
282
Kurdish
288
Lahndā
293
Lao
298
Lappish
303
Latvian
309
Lithuanian
314
Nepali
360
Nivkh
365
Norwegian
369
Panjabi
374
Pashto
379
Persian
384
Polish
389
Polynesian Languages
396
Portuguese
401
Quechua
407
Romanian
413
Romany
419
Russian
425
Samoan
435
Sanskrit
440
Semitic Languages
448
SerboCroat
454
Sindhi
461
Sinhalese Sinhala
465
Slavonic Languages
470
Slovak
474
Slovene
478
Somali
484
Spanish
490
Sundanese
497
Swahili
501
Swedish
507
Tagalog
512
Tamil
518
Telugu
525
Thai
531
Tibetan
536
Turkic Languages
543
Turkish
547
Twi see Akan
553
Ukrainian
554
Uralic Languages
560
Urdu
562
Uzbek
563
Vietnamese
567
Welsh
573
Wenli see Chinese Classical
581
Yiddish
582
Yoruba
588
Zulu
593
Appendix of Scripts
601
Bibliography
655
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