A Guide to the World’s Languages: Volume I, Classification

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This is the first of three pathbreaking volumes that will constitute a wide-ranging analytical guide to the world's approximately 5,000 languages. The volumes are written for both linguists and general readers, and this first volume in particular assumes no background in linguistics. A postscript prepared for this paperback edition takes research data to 1990. The book is illustrated with 21 maps.

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“A definitive reference work on the classification of human languages with state-of-the-art freshness and great clarity.”—Diachronica
“It is interesting to read, is well documented and thorough, and is useful as a work of reference.”—Modern Language Review

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Though more readable than Voegelin and Voegelin's Classification and Index of the World's Languages (Elsevier, 1977), this also will probably find its primary use as a reference tool. Ruhlen offers some advantages over Voegelin. He includes data discovered since 1977. He employs a tabular rather than alphabetic order, making it easier to see the overall picture; an index permits finding any language in the table. In addition, Ruhlen has five chapters each devoted to one part of the world, a chapter on classification principles, and a chapter on future research. He also provides maps. Ruhlen's classifications are at times controversial, especially when he combines all the world's 5000-odd languages into only 17 families. He relies heavily on the work of Joseph H. Greenberg, but admits frankly which groupings are controversial and which linguists disagree. Volume 2 will be Language Data and Volume 3 Language Universals. Suitable for reference collections, especially at schools with substantial linguistics programs. Catherine V. von Schon, SUNY at Stony Brook Lib.
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