The Worldwide History of Living and Lost Tongues
Edited by Peter K. Austin
About the book
There are more than 6,900 languages used around the world today, ranging in size from those with hundreds of millions of speakers to those with only one or two. Linguists now estimate that by the year 2050 as many as half of those will be extinct.
This beautifully designed, engagingly written reference is a panoramic tour of the globe exploring the language situation across the world's geographical regions. Generously illustrated throughout with colour photographs, informative sidebars, and clear maps and graphics, 1000 Languages illuminates the sources, characteristics, and interrelationships of the world's spoken tongues. It looks in detail at the eleven global languages, then delves into the major languages of each world region in turn. Each entry gives a history of the growth and development of the language, details the number of speakers, and traces its geographical spread. The book also tells how to count to ten in more than 250 ways.
The volume includes survey chapters on endangered and extinct languages. A detailed map section at the back tracks the migrations of the major languages, and there is a glossary of linguistic terms, references and an index. A full listing of chapters is: