The amount and quality of historical, sociological, and linguistic information presented in a typical linguistic chapter are astounding. Most chapters also contain extensive descriptions of phonological and graphic systems, morphology, word formation, syntactic patterns, and lexical features. For inflectional languages, a detailed overview table is provided of the main variants and conjugation classes… This unique work is an important and reliable source of extensive knowledge about a particular language and its family.
This edition contains updated bibliography for each chapter and updated census data. The language expressed was chosen according to its number of speakers, role as an official language, and cultural and historical significance. Each language is considered in detail, and each chapter contains information about the grammatical features and important features of the historical and cultural role of the language.
• Attention is paid to each grammatical and sociolinguistic feature.
• Focus on the world’s major languages
• It is designed to be accessible to all readers interested in the language.