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3rd Edition

Compendium of the World's Languages

ISBN 9780367570378
Published July 2, 2020 by Routledge
1966 Pages

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Book Description

This third edition of Compendium of the World’s Languages has been thoroughly revised to provide up-to-date and accurate descriptions of a wide selection of natural language systems. All cultural and historical notes as well as statistical data have been checked, updated and in many cases expanded.

Presenting an even broader range of languages and language families, including new coverage of Australian aboriginal languages and expanded treatment of North American and African languages, this new edition offers a total of 342 entries over nearly 2000 pages.

Key features include:

  • Complete rewriting, systematization and regularisation of the phonology sections

  • Provision of IPA symbol grids arranged by articulatory feature and by alphabetic resemblance to facilitate use of the new phonology sections

  • Expansion of morphology descriptions for most major languages

  • Provision of new illustrative text samples

  • Addition of a glossary of technical terms and an expanded bibliography

  • Comparative tables of the numerals 1-10 in a representative range of languages, and also grouped by family

Drawing upon a wealth of recent developments and research in language typology and broadened availability of descriptive data, this new incarnation of George Campbell’s astounding Compendium brings a much-loved survey emphatically into the twenty-first century for a new generation of readers.

Scholarly, comprehensive and highly accessible, Compendium of the World’s Languages remains the ideal reference for all interested linguists and professionals alike.

Table of Contents

Volume I: Abaza to Kyrgyz. Preface. Glossary of terms. The International Phonetic Alphabet Chart. IPA symbols by feature/point of articulation. IPA symbols by alphabetic similarity. Index of languages. Languages A-Z   Volume II: Lak to Zuni.   Languages L-Z.  Comparative grid of numbers 1-10 (alphabetical listing).  Comparative grid of numbers (genetic listing).   Bibliography.

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George L. Campbell worked for the BBC World Service and was a polyglot linguist and translator.

Gareth King is Series Advisor for the Routledge Colloquials Series and the author of numerous books on language and linguistics.


"Fascinating and massive collection of information. If you are interested in the languages of the world, you will LOVE this book. It is an amazing collection of information. If you are a polyglot, this book will hold your attention for years."

Keith Swayne, Director, Five Arrows Language Classes