Concise Encyclopedia of Languages of the World by Keith Brown, Sarah Ogilvie

By Keith Brown, Sarah Ogilvie

During this quantity, the world’s prime specialists describe a few of the languages of the realm. it truly is anticipated that there
are greater than 250 validated language households on the earth, and over 6800 targeted languages, lots of which
are threatened or endangered. This quantity offers the main accomplished survey to be had on a large
proportion of those. It includes 377 articles on particular languages or language households drawn from the two
editions of the Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (ELL). The articles describe the sounds, meaning,
structure, and relatives relationships of the languages, and feature been selected to demonstrate the variety and variety of
human language.

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The languages grouped together as Adamawa-Ubangi belong to the Volta-Congo branch of the NigerCongo family. These languages are spoken across central Africa in an area that stretches from northeastern Nigeria through northern Cameroon, southern Chad, the Central African Republic (CAR), and northern Zaire into southwestern Sudan. The Speakers In the absence of firm figures, the number of speakers of languages in this group can only be estimated at around eight to nine million people. , Zande in CAR, Zaire, and Sudan; Ngbaka in North Zaire; and Gbaya in CAR and Cameroon).

3. This set of features is not found in languages outside the area. 4. On account of (2), the presence of these features must be the result of language contact. 1. There are a number of languages spoken in one and the same general area. Among the linguistic areas (or Sprachbunds) that have been proposed, perhaps the most widely B Heine, Institut fu¨r Afrikanistik, Universita¨t zu Ko¨ln, Ko¨ln, Germany ß 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. On Linguistic Areas 4 Africa as a Linguistic Area recognized are the Balkans and Meso-America.

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