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Are some languages better than others?

Author: Robert M W Dixon
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book sets out to answer a question that many linguists have been hesitant to ask: are some languages better than others? Written in the author's usual accessible and engaging style, the book  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert M W Dixon
ISBN: 9780198766810 0198766815
OCLC Number: 951155250
Description: 1 volume ; 22 cm
Contents: Preface ; 1. Setting the scene ; 2. How languages work ; 3. What is necessary ; 4. What is desirable ; 5. What is not (really) needed ; 6. How about complexity? ; 7. How many words should there be? ; 8. The limits of a language ; 9. Better for what purpose? ; 10. An ideal language ; 11. Facing up to the question ; Notes and sources ; Abbreviations ; Acknowledgements ; References ; Index
Responsibility: R.M.W. Dixon.

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The (in)equality of languages is certainly one of the most vexing issues in modern linguistics. This book effectively challenges some common views on language, ranging from those pertaining to Read more...

 
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