Languages - A very short introduction

Languages - A very short introduction
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Klappentext

How many languages are there? What differentiates one language from another? Are new languages still being discovered? Why are so many languages disappearing? The diversity of languages today is varied, but it is steadily declining. In this Very Short Introduction, Stephen Anderson answers the above questions by looking at the science behind languages. Considering a wide range of different languages and linguistic examples, he demonstrates how languages are not uniformly distributed around the world; just as some places are more diverse than others in terms of plants and animal species, the same goes for the distribution of languages. Exploring the basis for linguistic classification and raising questions about how we identify a language, as well as considering signed languages as well as spoken, Anderson examines the wider social issues of losing languages, and their impact in terms of the endangerment of cultures and peoples.  

Inhaltsverzeichnis

  1. Introduction: dimensions of linguistic diversity
  2. How many languages are there in the world?
  3. Phylogenetic linguistics: establishing linguistic relationships
  4. The future of languages
  5. Some problems in the counting of languages
  6. The genotypes of languages
  7. The diversity of signed languages
  8. Conclusion: the unity of human language

About the series 
The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Über die Serie
Die Reihe "Very Short Introductions" der from Oxford University Press enthält hunderte von Titeln zu fast allen Themen. Diese Hosentaschen grossen Bücher sind der perfekte Weg sich schnell in ein neues Themengebiet einzuarbeiten. Ihre Experten Authoren kombinieren Fakten, Analysen, Perspektiven, Neue Ideen und Enthusiasmus interessante und herausfordernde Themen lesbar zu machen.

Zielgruppe: Sprachinteressierte
Sprache: Englisch
Jahr: 2012
Seitenzahl: 152
Einband: Taschenbuch
Länge: 17.4cm
Breite: 13.7cm
Dicke: 1cm
Gewicht: 140g
Author: Stephen R Anderson
Verlag: Oxford University Press
Serie: Very short introduction
Herkunft: Vereinigtes Königreich Grossbritannien und Nordirland
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