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The Languages and Linguistics of Europe

A Comprehensive Guide

Ed. by Kortmann, Bernd / Auwera, Johan van der

Series:The World of Linguistics 1


    289,00 € / $405.00 / £262.50*

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    July 2011
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    • an up-to-date reference work for manyissues in the languages and linguistics of Europe
    • of particular value are the numerous chapters that take up specific issues such as "language and the school", "language and the church", discussing it on a Europe-wide level
    • the "continent-focus" makes this a unique publication, in line with the other continent-focused volumes of the series

    Aims and Scope

    The Languages and Linguistics ofEurope: A Comprehensive Guideis part of the multi-volume reference work on the languages and linguistics of the continents of the world. The book supplies profiles of the language families of Europe, including the sign languages. It also discusses the areal typology, paying attention to the Standard Average European, Balkan, Baltic and Mediterranean convergence areas. Separate chapters deal with the old and new minority languages and with non-standard varieties. A major focus is language politics and policies, including discussions of the special status of English, the relation between language and the church, language and the school, and standardization. The history of European linguistics is another focus as is the history of multilingual European 'empires' and their dissolution. The volume is especially geared towards a graduate and advanced undergraduatereadership. It has been designed such that it can be used, as a whole or in parts, as a textbook, the first of its kind, for graduate programmes with a focus on the linguistic (and linguistics) landscape of Europe.

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    246 cm
    xviii, 911 pages
    Num. figs., tabs. and maps
    Type of Publication:
    Reference Work
    General Linguistics; Languages of Europe

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    Bernd Kortmann, University of Freiburg, Germany; Johan van der Auwera, University of Antwerp, Belgium.


    "Overall this hefty volume offers exactly what it claims to; a wide panorama of European linguistics, presented by experts in their fields, with a clear
    emphasis on formal linguistics, yet with some occasional sociolinguistic
    concerns. It is clearly an invaluable resource for students or scholars needing
    essential information on a specific topic they are not well acquainted with, and with relevant bibliographic elements to go further if needed."
    James Costa in: Linguist List 23.1163

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