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Published: 28 June 2012

152 Pages | Approximately 15 black and white illustrations


ISBN: 9780199590599

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Languages: A Very Short Introduction

Stephen Anderson

Very Short Introductions

  • Provides the basic facts about the world's major families of spoken languages and their distribution around the globe
  • Relates to some of the big social issues facing the world today, such as bio-diversity and the endangerment of species and cultures
  • Looks at the reasons behind why languages are declining, and why this really matters
  • Raises the question about how we identify a language, and considers how we differentiate a 'language' from a 'dialect'
  • Looks at signed languages and considers the similarities and differences to spoken language
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over five million copies sold worldwide