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Routledge Language Family Series


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Each volume in this series contains an in-depth account of the members of some of the world's most important language families. Written by experts in each language, these accessible accounts provide detailed linguistic analysis and description. The contents are carefully structured to cover the natural system of classification: phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis, semantics, dialectology, and sociolinguistics.

Every volume contains extensive bibliographies for each language, a detailed index and tables, and maps and examples from the languages to demonstrate the linguistic features being described. The consistent format allows comparative study, not only between the languages in each volume, but also across all the volumes in the series.

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The Slavonic Languages

The Slavonic Languages

2nd Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Lenore Grenoble, Victor Friedman
September 01, 2022

The Uralic Languages

The Uralic Languages

2nd Edition

By Daniel Abondolo, Riitta-Liisa Valijärvi
April 18, 2022

This book provides an up-to-date survey of Uralic languages, using a new theoretical framework commonly used in language description. Spoken by more than 25 million native speakers, the Uralic languages have important cultural and social significance in Europe, as well as in other communities ...

The Turkic Languages

The Turkic Languages

2nd Edition

Edited By Lars Johanson, Éva Á. Csató
December 28, 2021

The Turkic languages are spoken today in a vast geographical area stretching from southern Iran to the Arctic Ocean and from the Balkans to the great wall of China. There are currently 20 literary languages in the group, the most important among them being Turkish with over 70 million speakers; ...

The Indo-Aryan Languages

The Indo-Aryan Languages

1st Edition

Edited By George Cardona, Danesh Jain
July 01, 2021

The Indo-Aryan languages are spoken by at least 700 million people throughout India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Maldive Islands. They have a claim to great antiquity, with the earliest Vedic Sanskrit texts dating to the end of the second millennium B.C. With texts in Old ...

The Dravidian Languages

The Dravidian Languages

2nd Edition

Edited By Sanford B. Steever
December 16, 2019

The Dravidian language family is the world's fourth largest with nearly 250 million speakers across South Asia from Pakistan to Nepal, from Bangladesh to Sri Lanka. This authoritative reference source provides a unique description of the languages, covering their grammatical structure and ...

The Semitic Languages

The Semitic Languages

2nd Edition

Edited By John Huehnergard, Na’ama Pat-El
March 04, 2019

The Semitic Languages presents a comprehensive survey of the individual languages and language clusters within this language family, from their origins in antiquity to their present-day forms. This second edition has been fully revised, with new chapters and a wealth of additional material. New ...

The Bantu Languages

The Bantu Languages

2nd Edition

Edited By Mark Van de Velde, Koen Bostoen, Derek Nurse, Gérard Philippson
February 06, 2019

Written by an international team of experts, this comprehensive volume presents grammatical analyses of individual Bantu languages, comparative studies of their main phonetic, phonological and grammatical characteristics and overview chapters on their history and classification. It is estimated ...

Language Isolates

Language Isolates

1st Edition

Edited By Lyle Campbell
September 19, 2017

Language Isolates explores this fascinating group of languages that surprisingly comprise a third of the world’s languages. Individual chapters written by experts on these languages examine the world's major language isolates by geographic regions, with up-to-date descriptions of many, including ...

The Languages of Japan and Korea

The Languages of Japan and Korea

1st Edition

Edited By Nicolas Tranter
May 24, 2017

The Languages of Japan and Korea provides detailed descriptions of the major varieties of languages in the region, both modern and pre-modern, within a common format, producing a long-needed introductory reference source. Korean, Japanese, Ainu, and representative members of the main groupings of ...

The Mayan Languages

The Mayan Languages

1st Edition

Edited By Judith Aissen, Nora C. England, Roberto Zavala Maldonado
May 16, 2017

The Mayan Languages presents a comprehensive survey of the language family associated with the Classic Mayan civilization (AD 200–900), a family whose individual languages are still spoken today by at least six million indigenous Maya in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras. This unique ...

The Indo-European Languages

The Indo-European Languages

2nd Edition

Edited By Mate Kapović
January 17, 2017

The Indo-European Languages presents a comprehensive survey of the individual languages and language subgroups within this language family. With over four hundred languages and dialects and almost three billion native speakers, the Indo-European language family is the largest of the recognized ...

The Sino-Tibetan Languages

The Sino-Tibetan Languages

2nd Edition

Edited By Graham Thurgood, Randy J. LaPolla
January 04, 2017

There are more native speakers of Sino-Tibetan languages than of any other language family in the world. Our records of these languages are among the oldest for any human language, and the amount of active research on them has multiplied in the last few decades. Now in its second edition and fully...

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