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The Semitic Languages

The Semitic Languages

2nd Edition

John Huehnergard, Na’ama Pat-El
March 26, 2019

The Semitic Languages presents a comprehensive survey of the individual languages and language clusters within this language family, from their origins in antiquity to their present-day forms. This second edition has been fully revised, with new chapters and a wealth of additional material. New...

The Bantu Languages

The Bantu Languages

2nd Edition

Mark Van de Velde, Koen Bostoen
February 11, 2019

Written by an international team of experts, this comprehensive volume presents grammatical analyses of individual Bantu languages, comparative studies of their main phonetic, phonological and grammatical characteristics and overview chapters on their history and classification. It is estimated...

Language Isolates

Language Isolates

1st Edition

Lyle Campbell
September 25, 2017

Language Isolates explores this fascinating group of languages that surprisingly comprise a third of the world’s languages. Individual chapters written by experts on these languages examine the world's major language isolates by geographic regions, with up-to-date descriptions of many, including...

The Oceanic Languages

The Oceanic Languages

1st Edition

Terry Crowley, John Lynch, Malcolm D Ross
July 28, 2017

The Oceanic Languages form a closed subgroup within one of the world’s largest language families, Austronesian. There are between 1000 and 1500 Austronesian languages (estimates vary), with so much structural diversity that they are best handled in two volumes, one on the Oceanic and one on the...

The Mongolic Languages

The Mongolic Languages

1st Edition

Juha Janhunen
July 27, 2017

The Mongolic Languages represents the first comprehensive treatment of the Mongolic language family in English. The Mongolic languages form a linguistically well defined but geographically widely dispersed family of more than a dozen separate languages, distributed from East and North Asia (...

The Languages of Japan and Korea

The Languages of Japan and Korea

1st Edition

Nicolas Tranter
May 24, 2017

The Languages of Japan and Korea provides detailed descriptions of the major varieties of languages in the region, both modern and pre-modern, within a common format, producing a long-needed introductory reference source. Korean, Japanese, Ainu, and representative members of the main groupings of...

The Mayan Languages

The Mayan Languages

1st Edition

Judith Aissen, Nora C. England, Roberto Zavala Maldonado
May 18, 2017

The Mayan Languages presents a comprehensive survey of the language family associated with the Classic Mayan civilization (AD 200–900), a family whose individual languages are still spoken today by at least six million indigenous Maya in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras. This unique...

The Indo-European Languages

The Indo-European Languages

2nd Edition

Mate Kapović
January 09, 2017

The Indo-European Languages presents a comprehensive survey of the individual languages and language subgroups within this language family. With over four hundred languages and dialects and almost three billion native speakers, the Indo-European language family is the largest of the recognized...

The Sino-Tibetan Languages

The Sino-Tibetan Languages

2nd Edition

Randy J. LaPolla, Graham Thurgood
December 08, 2016

There are more native speakers of Sino-Tibetan languages than of any other language family in the world. Our records of these languages are among the oldest for any human language, and the amount of active research on them has multiplied in the last few decades. Now in its second edition and fully...

The Sino-Tibetan Languages

The Sino-Tibetan Languages

1st Edition

Randy J. LaPolla, Graham Thurgood
October 01, 2016

There are more native speakers of Sino-Tibetan languages than of any other language family in the world. Records of these languages are among the oldest for any human language, and the amount of active research on them, both diachronic and synchronic, has multiplied in the last few decades. This...

The Celtic Languages

The Celtic Languages

2nd Edition

Martin Ball, Nicole Muller
November 26, 2015

The Celtic Languages describes in depth all the Celtic languages from historical, structural and sociolinguistic perspectives with individual chapters on Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Manx, Welsh, Breton and Cornish. This second edition has been thoroughly revised to provide a comprehensive and...

The Munda Languages

The Munda Languages

1st Edition

Gregory D.S. Anderson
August 15, 2014

The Munda group of languages of the Austroasiatic family are spoken within central and eastern India by almost ten million people. To date, they are the least well-known and least documented languages of the Indian subcontinent. This unprecedented and original work draws together a distinguished...

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