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The Atlas of Languages: The Origin and Development of Languages Throughout…

by Bernard Comrie (Editor), Stephen Matthews (Editor), Maria Polinsky (Editor)

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A *fantastic* book that tells the story of the world's languages. More than an atlas, it is a history of how languages developed and spread, with contemporary and historical statistics. Highly recommended for anyone interested in languages! ( )
1 vote spfitzinger | Dec 9, 2010 |
Interesting visual presentation of where various languages are spoken, along with some additional information on language relationships, numbers of speakers, etc. ( )
  annbury | Sep 3, 2010 |
I seem to have a talent for selecting books that can only be read in small pieces; this was another of them. It was an interesting overview of the various languages and writing systems both past and present with numerous illustrations and maps. However, the text assumed a greater knowledge of linguistics than I have and that slowed me down. Also the book itself suffered from poorly constructed map keys, etc. that made it more difficult to understand. Overall this book is only average.
  hailelib | Jul 8, 2009 |
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Humans, like cows, grasshoppers, woodpeckers, and many other animals, communicate primarily by sound.
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Long the subject of myth rather than science, the origins of language are becoming less obscure as clues to the pedigree of humankind are assembled from linguistic, archaeological, and genetic evidence.
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"This newly revised edition of The Atlas of Languages offers the general reader an accessible introduction to the world of languages and linguistics. In a detailed account of the language families of each region of the world, interesting and sometimes unique features of grammar and vocabulary are identified and explained. The archaeological, historical, cultural, or sociopolitical background is examined where it has had an impact on the development, dissemination, or decline of a specific language family." "More than 30 full-color maps identify the geographical distribution of languages, both historical and contemporary. Points of general interest are highlighted in special boxed features throughout."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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