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Languages of the World

by Kenneth Katzner, K. Katzner, Katzner Kenneth

Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
ISBN: 9780415250030

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Synopsis of Languages of the World

This third edition of Kenneth Katzner's best-selling guide to languages is essential reading for language enthusiasts everywhere. Written with the non-specialist in mind, its user-friendly style and layout, delightful original passages, and exotic scripts, will continue to fascinate the reader. This new edition has been thoroughly revised to include more languages, more countries, and up-to-date data on populations.
Features include:
*information on nearly 600 languages
*individual descriptions of 200 languages, with sample passages and English translations
*concise notes on where each language is spoken, its history, alphabet and pronunciation
*coverage of every country in the world, its main language and speaker numbers
*an introduction to language families


This pocket-sized handbook for language students and linguists offers capsule information on 45 language families (from Eskimo-Aleut to Afro-Asiatic), samples of individual languages (with translations into English), and a country-by-country survey giving information about the principal languages of each of the world's 133 nations. First published in 1977 (Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd.), revised in 1986, and here republished in what's identified, without explanation, as a "new edition." No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author, Kenneth Katzner

Prior to his recent retirement, Kenneth Katzner worked for the US government and also served as an editor on a number of international encyclopedias and English dictionaries. He is also author of a large English-Russian/Russian-English Dictionary.

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