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Published: 02 January 2017

544 Pages | 20 illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195149883

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An Introduction to the Languages of the World

Second Edition

Anatole Lyovin, Brett Kessler, and William Leben

  • Provides as comprehensive an account of language as could be found in 500 pages
  • Gives numerous insights into linguistic complexity and diversity: for several hundred of languages, the book notes linguistic features differentiating them from others
  • The book offers highly detailed descriptions of the phonology, syntax, and morphology of eleven representative languages, along with texts from these languages

New to this Edition:

  • Exercises and selected reading after each chapter
  • The information in the first edition has been completely updated to what is known in 2015
  • The introduction to pidgins and creoles in Chapter 8 is joined by new sections on sign languages and on language attrition and revitalization
  • Throughout, language names now appear with their international standard (ISO) 3-letter code
  • At the end of each chapter, the suggested readings have been updated and annotated, and several new exercises have been added

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