Languages In The World: How History, Culture, and Politics Shape Language

Julie Tetel Andresen and Phillip M. Carter

The authors provide an interdisciplinary account of the evolution of language over the past 200,000 years. The book balances linguistic analysis with socio-historical and political context and provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the study of language, drawing not only on the diverse fields of linguistics (structural, linguist anthropology, historical, sociolinguistics) but also on history, biology, genetics, sociology, and more. Languages In The World includes nine detailed language profiles on Kurdish, Arabic, Tibetan, Hawaiian, Vietnamese, Tamil, !Xóõ (Taa), Mongolian, and Quiché. A companion website features sound files and a host of additional supplementary material.