Books : reviews

George L. Campbell.
Concise Compendium of the World's Languages.
Routledge. 1995

rating : 3.5 : worth reading
review : 18 April 1999

All the worlds major languages, about 100 entries from Afrikaans to Zulu, are summarised in this handy reference. Concise only because the original two volume Compendium covered about 300 languages; many of the entries here have been extended.

The entry for each language comprises a few pages. The entries assume knowledge of linguistic terminology, and cover:

Fun to dip into, and a useful reference overview of each language.