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Routledge Language Family Series


About the Series

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 Munda Languages

The Munda Languages

1st Edition

Edited By Gregory D.S. Anderson
August 15, 2014

The Munda group of languages of the Austroasiatic family are spoken within central and eastern India by almost ten million people. To date, they are the least well-known and least documented languages of the Indian subcontinent. This unprecedented and original work draws together a distinguished ...

The Uralic Languages

The Uralic Languages

1st Edition

Edited By Daniel Abondolo
November 14, 2006

The Uralic languages form a language family of around thirty languages spoken by about twenty million people. This book focuses on nineteen of the major Uralic languages from Estonian to Samoyedic and discusses their structure, history and development....

The Germanic Languages

The Germanic Languages

1st Edition

By Ekkehard Konig, Johan van der Auwera
June 13, 2002

Provides a unique, up-to-date survey of twelve Germanic languages from English and German to Faroese and Yiddish....

The Iranian Languages

The Iranian Languages

1st Edition

Edited By Gernot Windfuhr
July 12, 2012

The Iranian languages form the major eastern branch of the Indo-European group of languages, itself part of the larger Indo-Iranian family. Estimated to have between 150 and 200 million native speakers, the Iranian languages constitute one of the world’s major language families. This comprehensive ...

The Khoesan Languages

The Khoesan Languages

1st Edition

Edited By Rainer Vossen
February 14, 2013

The Routledge Language Family series is aimed at undergraduates and postgraduates of linguistics and language, and those with an interest in historical linguistics, linguistic anthropology and language development. According to a widely accepted hypothesis, the Khoesan languages represent the ...

The Tai-Kadai Languages

The Tai-Kadai Languages

1st Edition

Edited By Anthony V. N. Diller, Jerold A. Edmondson, Yongxian Luo
August 18, 2011

With close to 100 million speakers, Tai-Kadai constitutes one of the world's major language families. The Tai-Kadai Languages provides a unique, comprehensive, single-volume tome covering much needed grammatical descriptions in the area. It presents an important overview of Thai that includes ...

The Austronesian Languages of Asia and Madagascar

The Austronesian Languages of Asia and Madagascar

1st Edition

Edited By Alexander Adelaar, Nikolaus Himmelmann
April 28, 2011

Some 800 Austronesian languages are spoken in the area extending from Madagascar to eastern Indonesia and to the north to Taiwan and the Philippines. They vary greatly in almost every possible respect, including the size and social make-up of the speech communities and their typological profiles. ...

The Indo-Aryan Languages

The Indo-Aryan Languages

1st Edition

Edited By George Cardona, Danesh Jain
May 17, 2007

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 Semitic Languages

The Semitic Languages

1st Edition

Edited By Robert Hetzron
November 14, 2006

The Semitic languages are a family of languages spoken by more that 370 million people across much of the Middle East and North and East Africa. This is the first general survey of those languages, including the Arab and Aramaic dialects and various languages of Ethiopia. Containing twenty-two ...

The Romance Languages

The Romance Languages

1st Edition

Edited By Martin Harris, Nigel Vincent
January 28, 1988

Available again, this book discusses nine Romance languages in context of their common Latin origins and then in individual studies. The final chapter is devoted to Romance-based Creole languages; a genuine innovation in a work of this kind....

The Slavonic Languages

The Slavonic Languages

1st Edition

By Professor Greville Corbett, Professor Bernard Comrie
May 30, 2002

In this scholarly volume, each of the living Slavonic languages are analysed and described in depth, together with the two extinct languages - Old Church Slavonic and Polabian. In addition, the various alphabets of the Slavonic languages - particularly Roman, Cyrillic and Glagolitic - are discussed...

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