...welcomed by linguistics interested in typology...it achieves the goal of providing a representative picture of the diversity of languages. ( Anna Giacalone Ramet Archivio Glottologico Italiano)
The World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS) is a lot of fun ... Addictively much fun ... To say that WALS significantly increases the degreee to which linguists are exposed to typological mapping is to make a great understatement ... the CD is wonderful ... This is a very real chance to spot correlations between different linguistic features, between linguistic features and areas, and between linguistic features and language families. And, to return to the start of this review: it's a lot of fun. ( Mark Donohue, Monash University and National University of Singapore)
I suspect that many linguists will not be able to resist curling up with this massive volume on rainy days just for the fun facts. ( Books & Culture)
Handsome, original, and incredibly useful. ( John A. Hawkins, University of Cambridge)
The World Atlas of Language Structures is a book and CD combination displaying the structural properties of the world's languages. 142 world maps and numerous regional maps - all in colour - display the geographical distribution of features of pronunciation and grammar, such as number of vowels, tone systems, gender, plurals, tense, word order, and body part terminology. Each world map shows an average of 400 languages and is accompanied by a fully referenced description of the structural feature in question.
The CD provides an interactive electronic version of the database which allows the reader to zoom in on or customize the maps, to display bibliographical sources, and to establish correlations between features. The book and the CD together provide an indispensable source of information for linguists and others seeking to understand human languages.
The Atlas will be especially valuable for linguistic typologists, grammatical theorists, historical and comparative linguists, and for those studying a region such as Africa, Southeast Asia, North America, Australia, and Europe. It will also interest anthropologists and geographers. More than fifty authors from many different countries have collaborated to produce a work that sets new standards in comparative linguistics. No institution involved in language research can afford to be without it.
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Descripción Oxford Univ Pr, 2005. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Brand New. hardback/cd-rom edition. 695 pages. 14.00x10.25x2.00 inches. In Stock. Nº de ref. de la librería zk0199255911
Descripción Oxford University Press, USA, 2005. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería SONG0199255911
Descripción Oxford University Press, 2005. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0199255911