The SBS Atlas of Languages : The Origin and Development of Languages throughout the World

Author(s): B. Comrie, S. Matthews, M. Polinsky (Eds)


This edition is out of print. The SBS Atlas of Languagesprovides a detailed account of the language families of each region of the world, and identifies and explains interesting and sometimes unique features of grammar and vocabulary. It also examines the archeological, historical, cultural, social and political background where this has had an impact on the dissemination, development or decline of a language.The geographical distribution of languages - both historical and contemporary - is reflected in more than 30 unique full-colour maps with special boxed features on points of linguistic, cultural or historical interest.The writing systems of the world are also examined in detail. The evolution of more than 200 languages is explained and illustrated with specific examples, while photographs of ancient artifacts, manuscripts, monuments and statues all illustrate the use of various writing systems over the last 5000 years.Finally the book addresses the issue of disappearing languages, as well as identifying languages that are under threat of extinction. Efforts to preserve and revive these languages are examined.


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  • : 9780733312113
  • : ABC Books
  • : ABC Books
  • : books

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  • : B. Comrie, S. Matthews, M. Polinsky (Eds)
  • : Hardback