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Dictionary of Languages: The Definitive Reference to More Than 400 Languages Paperback – 20 Feb 2006

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  • Paperback: 754 pages
  • Publisher: A&C Black Business Information and Development; 3rd ed. edition (20 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713678410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713678413
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,025,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A welcome paperback edition of a wonderfully readable book which transcends its own limits as a super-specialised reference work to become a joyously accessible celebration of the sheer diversity of humankind.' The Scotsman 'Splendid guidebook... an endlessly fascinating achievement.' The Guardian 'A delight, a cornucopia of information, of easy reference, and of rich enjoyment.' The Linguist 'The linguistic waterfront it covers is concomitantly spacious... an astonishing quantity of information... certainly a candidate for any language fan's wishlist.' The Evening Standard

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Covering the political, social and historical background of each language, Dictionary of Languages offers a unique insight into human culture and communication. Every language that has official status is included, as well as all those that have a written literature and 175 'minor' languages with special historical or anthropological interest. Both living and dead languages are covered and we see how, with the rapidly increasing uniformity of our culture as media's influence spreads, more languages have become extinct or are under threat of extinction. The text is highlighted by maps and charts of scripts, while proverbs, anecdotes and quotations reveal the features that make a language unique. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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