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Languages: A Very Short Introduction
Exact title of book
Languages: A Very Short Introduction
Book author
Stephen Anderson
ISBN
9780199590599
Publisher
OUP Oxford
Published
Sep 07, 2012
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
144
File size (in PDF)
1296 kB

Some brief overview of book

How many languages are there? Are new languages still being discovered? Why are so many languages disappearing?

In this Very Short Introduction, eminent linguist Stephen Anderson addresses such questions as he illuminates the science behind languages. Considering a wide range of different languages and linguistic examples, Anderson provides the basic facts about the worlds major families of spoken languages and their distribution around the globe. He explores the basis for linguistic classification and raises questions about how we identify a language.

Considering signed languages as well as spoken, Anderson also examines the wider social issues of losing languages, and their impact on vanishing cultures and peoples.

About book author

Anderson is the Dorothy R. Diebold Professor of Linguistics at Yale University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and past president of the Linguistic Society of America. cation and raises questions about how we identify a language.

Considering signed languages as well as spoken, Anderson also examines the wider social issues of losing languages, and their impact on vanishing cultures and peoples.

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