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Volume . Concise Encyclopedia of Languages of the World

Concise Encyclopedia of Languages of the World is an authoritative single-volume reference resource comprehensively describing the major languages and language families of the world. It will provide full descriptions of the phonology, semantics, morphology, and syntax of the world’s major languages, giving insights into their structure, history and development, sounds, meaning, structure, and language family, thereby both highlighting their diversity for comparative study, and contextualizing them according to their genetic relationships and regional distribution. Based on the highly acclaimed and award-winning Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, this volume will provide an edited collection of almost 400 articles throughout which a representative subset of the world's major languages are unfolded and explained in up-to-date terminology and authoritative interpretation, by the leading scholars in linguistics. In highlighting the diversity of the world’s languages — from the thriving to the endangered and extinct — this work will be the first point of call to any language expert interested in this huge area. No other single volume will match the extent of language coverage or the authority of the contributors of Concise Encyclopedia of Languages of the World.

Additional volumes

Concise Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

Published: 14th November 2009 Editor: Margie Berns

Concise Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Language and Linguistics

Published: 23rd October 2009 Editors: Alex Barber Robert Stainton

Concise Encyclopedia of Pragmatics

Published: 7th August 2009 Editor: J.L. Mey

Concise Encyclopedia of Semantics

Published: 8th June 2009 Editor: Keith Allan