A Guide to the World's Languages (Hardcover)

Volume I, Classification

By Merritt Ruhlen

Stanford University Press, 9780804712507, 492pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 1987

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This is the first of three pathbreaking volumes that will constitute a wide-ranging analytical guide to the world's approximately 5,000 languages. The volumes are written for both linguists and general readers, and this first volume in particular assumes no background in linguistics. A postscript prepared for this paperback edition takes research data to 1990. The book is illustrated with 21 maps.

Praise For A Guide to the World's Languages: Volume I, Classification

"A definitive reference work on the classification of human languages with state-of-the-art freshness and great clarity."—Diachronica

"It is interesting to read, is well documented and thorough, and is useful as a work of reference."—Modern Language Review