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Encyclopedia of the Languages of Europe

Edited by: Glanville Price
eISBN: 9780631220398
Print publication date: 2000


Subject History

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631220398.2000.x

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Encyclopedia of the Languages of Europe

This is an authoritative reference guide to all the languages of Europe. covering nearly three hundred languages and language families. It focuses on extant languages but includes all languages known to have been spoken in Europe in the past. Arranged alphabetically, the encyclopedia includes special entries on non-European languages now spoken by substantial communities in Europe, such as Panjabi and Chinese and Chinese in Britain and Arabic in France. Speech varieties, whose status as dialects rather than languages is a matter of debate, either have separate entries or are considered under headings. There are also entries on the major non-Latin alphabets used for the transcription of European languages.

The aim of the Encyclopedia is to provide surveys of the origins, historical development and, in the case of living languages, the contemporary position of each language. Bibliographical addenda to articles list grammars, dictionaries, and works on historical and sociolinguistic topics.

Written by an international team of scholars, many of them among the foremost authorities in their field, the Encyclopedia of the Languages of Europe is of interest to all those involved in the study of language, linguistics or cultural history.

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Price, Glanville (ed). Encyclopedia of the Languages of Europe. Blackwell Publishing, 2000. Blackwell Reference Online. 26 March 2017 <http://www.blackwellreference.com/public/book.html?id=g9780631220398_9780631220398>



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