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LINGUIST 202: Languages of the World: Getting Started


  • Transparent Language Online    Featuring a scientifically-proven methodology, the widest variety of high-quality learning material, and seamless integration of real-life language use by native speakers - all packaged together in an easy-to-use interface - Transparent Language Online is simply the most complete language-learning solution available anywhere. And with over 80 languages to choose from, there is something for every language learner.
  • Ethnologue (Online)
    Encyclopedic reference work cataloging all of the world’s 6,909 known living languages. Also available in print in Perkins Reference.

Key Print Reference Works

Sylvester Rowe, Ambassador from Sierra Leone listens to a translator through an earpiece at the United Nations.  (AP Images: Stephen Chernin, Tuesday, September 24, 2002)

  • Compendium of the World's Languages
    Includes information on over 5000 languages; includes background on the language (affiliation, location, number of speakers, etc.), script, phonology, morphology and syntax, illustrative text, and a bibliography.
  • One Thousand Languages: Living, Endangered, and Lost
    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.
  • Handbook of World Englishes
    Covers anatomy, physiology, neuropsychology, clinical neurology, neuropharmacology, evolutionary biology, genetics, and behavioral science; this four-volume encyclopedia contains over 200 peer reviewed signed articles from experts around the world.

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