Are you curious to know what all human languages have in common and in what ways they differ? Do you want to find out how language can be used to trace different peoples and their past? Then this book is for you! Now in its third edition, it guides beginners through the rich diversity of the world's languages. It presupposes no background in linguistics, and introduces the reader to linguistic concepts with the help of problem sets, end of chapter exercises and an extensive bibliography. Charts of language families provide geographical and genealogical information, and engaging sidebars with demographic, social, historical and geographical facts help to contextualise and bring languages to life. This edition includes a fully updated glossary of all linguistic terms used, new problem sets, and a new chapter on cartography. Supplementary online materials include links to all websites mentioned, and answers to the exercises for instructors.
Cambridge University Press
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3rd Revised edition
03 September 2020
Professional and scholarly
Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Languages of Europe; 3. Languages of Iran and South Asia; 4. Languages of Northern Eurasia; 5. Languages of the Caucasus; 6. Languages of the Greater Middle East; 7. Languages of sub-Saharan Africa; 8. Languages of eastern Asia; 9. Languages of the South Sea Islands; 10. Aboriginal languages of New Guinea and Australia; 11. Native languages of the Americas; 12. Remaining issues: macro families, sign languages, and constructed languages; Glossary; Index of languages; Index of terms; Bibliography.
Asya Pereltsvaig is a native speaker of Russian and a fluent speaker of three other languages. For the last fifteen years, she has taught courses in linguistics at Yale, Cornell, Stanford and several other universities around the world. Her academic interests include languages, history, genetics and the relationship between the three.