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The Atlas of Languages: The Origin and Development of Languages Throughout the World

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  8 reviews
An extremely authoritative writing style, full-color illustrations, and maps combine in this ultimate exploration of the evolution of languages.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Facts on File (first published 1996)
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Mark Freckleton
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a deep, heavy work, it is intended to be an overview of languages around the world - an Atlas of Languages. It takes each continent and describes the languages found there, starting with Europe and Eurasia, then South and Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East, the Pacific, Australia, the Americas and then Pidgins and Creoles.

You would be amazed at the way that different languages look at different things, from the word order of a sentence to the way nouns relate to verbs (try t
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Dokusha
Die drei Sterne gibt es, weil das Buch eine Menge Informationen zu einzelnen Sprachen oder Sprachfamilien enthält. Es beschreibt etliche grammatische Eigenheiten oder Besonderheiten, die es lesenswert machen.

Allerdings sollte man den Anspruch, ein BILDATLAS der Sprachen zu sein, nicht zu ernst nehmen - dafür sind die Karten zu grob und nicht detailreich genug. Die in den Karten enthaltenen Informationen kann man auch in vielen anderen Büchern zum Thema finden, sie bieten keine besonders guten In
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Samantha
Jan 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a textbook I am reading for my Languages of the World course at the University of Georgia. While the reading level reminds me of a high school social studies book, I am fascinated by the information provided, as well as the many charts and maps. If you are interested in learning about world languages but don't have a background in linguistics, this is the perfect book for you. Even if you are familiar with linguistics, this is probably useful for you as well.
joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
coffee table book for the linguist, so obviously a limited audience, but great information
Andrea
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great reference! Haven't read it in a long while, but it's still on my bookshelf.
Kelli
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book provides a great overview of languages and writing systems. I read it as an introduction to linguists. Fascinating.
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