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p. 11. Introduction: dimensions of linguistic diversitylocked

  • Stephen R. Anderson


By itself, the question ‘How many languages are there in the world? ’ seems quite a trivial one, the sort to which there ought to be a quite simple answer without much intrinsic interest. ‘Introduction: dimensions of linguistic diversity ’ explores ways of approaching this question and argues that they are rather more complex and interesting than might be anticipated. In the course of exploring the bases and degree of human linguistic diversity, we can learn a great deal about the nature of language itself — one of the most distinctive characteristics of one biological species, our own.

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