Dear Linguasport visitors
Let me introduce an original collection in linguistics written by me: THE WORLD'S LANGUAGES (10 vols.). This encyclopedic work not only provides an individual and exhaustive investigation and a reasoned general taxonomy of ALL THE LANGUAGES OF THE WORLD (both past and present), but also—and very especially—an original identification and standardization of linguistic varieties by means of a threefold labeling of glotonyms: local, Spanish and international English name (together with alternative names and spellings). All volumes (except the final one on African languages, on which I'm currently working) are already published and available in Amazon.
Following next is an overview of this collection, including the index of contents for each volume (which shows the originality, depth and exhaustiveness of this linguistic encyclopedia), publishing links to Amazon - United Kingdom (also available in many other countries) and sample documents.
THE WORLD’S LANGUAGES (WL) is a colossal individual effort in ten volumes which classifies and describes all natural languages, both present and extinct, used as instruments of human communication and cognition. The object of WL is to provide a global and comprehensive picture of all known languages in their linguistic, socio-cultural and geographical context. In addition to its in-depth treatment of human languages—with individual location, classification and research for each one of them—, this 10-volume collection offers an interrelated general view of linguistic groups and families within their geographic and cultural continuum. Together with a painstaking and systematic process of identification and orthographic standardization of the abundant—and often confusing and redundant—international terminology, WL offers a methodical and reasoned distinction between “language” and “dialect” and three-pronged glottonyms (endonym-Spanish-English) for each language, thus contributing to their distinctive identification and classification. In addition to this systematic description of all known human languages, each of the volumes included in this collection is accompanied by an appendix of writing systems which describes (as well as justifies) their specific orthography—as all the grammar samples and illustrative texts are represented with original characters, together with supporting phonetic and Latin transcription (when necessary).
The ten volumes forming WL identify the following linguistic and geo-cultural areas, based on the phylogenetic evolution and affinity of the world’s languages:
● Volume 1: Indo-European languages ⇒ INDEX / LINK 1 (TOME 1) / LINK 2 (TOME 2) / SAMPLE (Assamese)
● Volume 2: Aegean and Ibero-Caucasian languages ⇒ INDEX / LINK / SAMPLE (Eteocretan)
● Volume 3: Eurasian languages ⇒ INDEX / LINK / SAMPLE (Altaic macrofamily)
● Volume 4: Dravidian languages ⇒ INDEX / LINK / SAMPLE (Gadaba)
● Volume 5: Austroasiatic languages ⇒ INDEX / LINK / LANGUAGE INDEX / SAMPLE (Hmong)
● Volume 6: Sino-Tibetan languages ⇒ INDEX / LINK / SAMPLE (Hakka Chinese)
● Volume 7: Austric languages ⇒ INDEX / LINK 1 (TOME 1) / LINK 2 (TOME 2) / SAMPLE (Ilocano)
● Volume 8: Papuan, Indo-Pacific and Australian languages ⇒ INDEX / LINK / SAMPLE (Wati)
● Volume 9: Languages of America and the Arctic ⇒ INDEX / LINK 1 (TOME 1) / LINK 2 (TOME 2) / LINK 3 (TOME 3) / LINK 4 (TOME 4) / SAMPLE (Equatorial-Tucanoan macrofamily)
● Volume 10: Languages of Africa and the Middle East ⇒ INDEX (draft in progress) / SAMPLE (Herero)