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Languages of the World: An Introduction

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Paperback, 278 pages
Published March 2012 (first published December 15th 2011)
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Eve Landers
Nov 23, 2016 Eve Landers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A challenging read for someone with only an introductory understanding of linguistics gleaned from independent study; I found this book to be comprehensive and rewarding. It is a textbook, an important fact to bear in mind as it's sprinkled with technical jargon throughout, but it reads well. Admittedly, I glossed over some of the more in-depth explanations of syntax and construction and focused more on the history of different linguistic theory. The chapter on macro families was exciting, as ...more
dini
Mar 08, 2015 dini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been looking for a book like this for a while to satiate my curiosity about the diversity of language without resorting to Wikipedia. (There is nothing wrong with Wikipedia but I just prefer holding a book in my hands.) I didn't even realize it was a textbook until I was halfway through.

No prior knowledge of linguistics is assumed but it certainly is helpful if you don't want to use the glossary or look words up occasionally. The first chapter introduces general concepts used throughout th
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Don Hendrickson
Nov 12, 2014 Don Hendrickson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I found Languages of the World very difficult to read and enjoy. The author begins one family group and drags in other families and references authorities. There was too much cross referencing.
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