The Languages of the World

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Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1986 - Langage et langues - 376 pages
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Written with the non-specialist in mind, this third edition of Kenneth Katzner's best-selling guide's attractive style and layout, delightful original passages and exotic scripts will continue to fascinate all language scholars and linguists. This new edition has been thoroughly revised to include more languages, more countries and current data on populations. This indispensable resource contains information on nearly 600 languages-individual descriptions of 200 languages with sample passages and English translations; concise notes on where each language is spoken and its history, alphabet and pronunciation; coverage of every country in the world and its main language and speaker numbers; English borrowings from other languages; an introduction to language families. This will be your passport to the speech of the world.

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User Review  - MsMixte - LibraryThing

Not a lot of in-depth analysis of the languages presented, but a wonderful opportunity to see how the various languages LOOK. Need to know what Nakhi looks like? Urdu? Is it Swedish or Danish? It's in here... Read full review

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User Review  - Ludi_Ling - LibraryThing

A nice book as a quick guide of all the modern languages of the world - I especially liked that it included the standard scripts used for writing each language, as well as a passage written in that ... Read full review

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Katzner was a former government employee based in Washington, D.C. He has edited several international encyclopedia and the author of a Russian-English dictionary.

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