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Facts about the World's Languages Hardcover – June 1, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0824209704 ISBN-10: 0824209702 Edition: First Edition

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Latest addition to the Wilson 'Facts About Series'. All are handy references for speedy access to facts and statistics, as well as being fascinating casual reading.

'Facts About the World's Languages' is 896 pages.

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Product Details

  • Series: Facts about
  • Hardcover: 761 pages
  • Publisher: H. W. Wilson; First Edition edition (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824209702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824209704
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,679,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adams Bodomo is Professor of African Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria. He founded and directed the African Studies Programme at the University of Hong Kong where he has taught for more than 15 years in various programmes such as Linguistics, Cognitive Science, and African Studies. His first book, The Structure of Dagaare (CSLI Press, Stanford University, 1997), is a pioneering work on the grammatical system of the Dagaare language, spoken in the Upper West region of Ghana where he was born. His other major works include Computer-mediated Communication for Linguistics and Literacy, one of the first books on the emergent field of computer-mediated communication, and Africans in China, a pioneering sociocultural study of the African presence in comtemporary China. In addition to books he has published in leading journals of Linguistics, African, Asian and Global Studies such as Linguistic Inquiry, Lingua, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, African Studies, African Diaspora, China Quarterly, and China Review. He is on the editorial boards of several journals including Studies in African Linguistics, Internaional Journal of Web-based Learning and Teaching, and the Journal of African - American Studies. He has received several prestigious fellowships,such as the Stanford Humanities International Scholar Award and visiting professorships such as a professorship at the prestigious Bayreuth Graduate School of African Studies in Germany. Professor Bodomo loves distance running, hiking, or just relaxing at home or in a pub over an exciting game of soccer.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Facts About The World's Languages by Greenwood Publishing Group Senior Editor Jane Garry and grammarian, morphologist, and linguistics expert Carl Rubino is an immense, comprehensive, scholarly reference tome, offering a capsule summary of hard linguistic data about a vast array of living and a few dead languages. From Afrikaans and eight dialects of Chinese to Ancient Egyptian, Polynesian languages and Zulu, a globe-spanning array of human tongues are presented with hard data concerning their origin and history, orthography and basic phonology, basic morphology, basic syntax, history of contact with other languages, examples of words and sentences, and a brief accounting of efforts to preserve and protect the language. A fascinating, first-rate reference for anyone involved in linguistic studies, or who needs to quickly look up information about dozens of the most famous or widely known languages in the modern world, Facts About The World's Languages is an invaluable and strongly recommended, core title addition to any professional, academic, and community library Language Studies reference collection.
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