Languages by Geographical Region: Australian Aboriginal Languages, Indigenous Languages of the Americas, Languages by Continent

Languages by Geographical Region: Australian Aboriginal Languages, Indigenous Languages of the Americas, Languages by Continent

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Editorial Reviews - Languages by Geographical Region From the Publisher Excerpt: A world language is a language spoken internationally, which is learned by many people as a second language. A world language is not only characterized by the number of its speakers (native or second language speakers), but also by its geographical distribution, and its use in international organizations and in diplomatic relations. In this respect, major world languages are dominated by languages of European origin. The historical reason for this is the period of European colonialism. World languages originating with historical colonial empires include English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. The international prominence of Arabic has its historical reason in the medieval Islamic conquests and the subsequent Arabization of the Middle East, and also exists as a liturgical language amongst Muslim communities outside of the Arab World. Standard Mandarin is the direct replacement of Classical Chinese which was an important historical lingua franca in Far East Asia until the early 20th century, and today serves the function of providing a common spoken language between speakers of different and mutually unintelligible Chinese spoken languages not only within China proper (between the Han Chinese and other unrelated ethnic groups), but in overseas Chinese communities as well as being widely taught as a second language internationally. Russian was used in the Russian empire and the Soviet Union, and today is in use and widely understood in areas of Central and Eastern Europe, and Northern and Central Asia which were formerly part of the Soviet Union, or of the former Soviet bloc, and it remains the lingua franca in the Commonwealth of Independent States. German served as a lingua franca in large portions of Europe for centuries, mainly the Holy R... More: http://booksllc.net/?id=15294269 Synopsis Excerpt: A world language is a language spoken internationally, which is l
Book Details
ISBN-13: 9781157867647
Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Returnable: N
Spine Width: 9 mm
Width: 186 mm
ISBN-10: 1157867642
Publisher Date: 31 Aug 2011
Height: 242.25 mm
No of Pages: 168
Series Title: English
Weight: 313.26 gr
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