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Description - Concise Encyclopedia of Languages of the World by Keith Brown

The Concise Encyclopedia of Languages of the World is the definitive single volume resource for the world's major languages and language families, in which the world's leading experts describe the sounds, meaning, structure, and family relationships of over 350 languages. It comprises 377 articles on languages and on macro language families and regions. * Extends access to 'state-of-the-art' published review information from Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics 2nd edition * The concise format is easy to use, easy to store and ideal for individual or small group study or discussion * Encyclopedic A-Z coverage: 377 languages in depth across 24 language families * The content derives from the most authoritative, up-to-date, comprehensive and international reference source in its field * The authors are drawn from senior academia and from all continents * Comprehensive linguistic re-indexing will allow superior reference usage and give the reader the option of going directly to the language they are looking for, or of reading the book region-by-region, language family by language family

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780080877747
ISBN-10: 0080877745
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 279mm x mm)
Pages: 1320
Imprint: Elsevier Science Ltd
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Publish Date: 28-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Keith Brown

Read English at Cambridge, joined the British Council and worked in Uganda. He then taught at the University College of Cape Coast in Ghana before moving to Edinburgh, where he took his PhD in linguistics and subsequently taught in the Department of Linguistics. In 1984 he moved to the University of Essex, where he was Research Professor in the Department of Linguistics, and then to the University of Cambridge where he was Senior Research Fellow in the Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics. He is now an Associate Lecturer in the Faculty of English at Cambridge. He has held visiting professorships at the Universities of Heidelberg, Vienna and Dusseldorf. From 1990-94 he was President of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain, and has been a member of Council of the Philological Society since 1998. He is Chairman of the linguistics committee of the Subject Centre for Languages Linguistics and Area Studies. He is co-editor of Transactions of the Philological Society and sits on other editorial boards. He is author of Linguistics Today (Fontana 1984) and co-author, with Jim Miller, of Syntax: A Linguistic Introduction to Sentence Structure and Syntax: Generative Grammar (Hutchinson 1981). He was syntax editor for the 1st edition of The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics and was joint editor, with Jim Miller of A Concise Encyclopedia of Linguistic Theories and A Concise Encyclopedia of Grammatical Categories (Pergamon Press 1997 & 1998). He was joint editor of Common Denominators in Art and Science (Aberdeen University Press, 1983) and Language, Reasoning and Inference (Academic Press, 1986). Sarah Ogilvie, Trinity College, Oxford, is a linguist and lexicographer who specializes in words that enter English from the languages of the world. She is a former editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, was Etymologies Editor for the Shorter Oxford Dictionary (6th ed., 2007), and was section editor for the 'Languages of the World' section in Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (2nd ed., Elsevier, 2006)

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