This book contains short entries on about a hundred languages. Articles are ordered alphabetically, and each has a standard structure for ease of reference, including:

  • General Historical and Sociolinguistic Introduction
  • Writing System
  • Sound System
  • Grammatical System
  • Sample scan from a publication

The book has an Appendix of Scripts. Each script entry is generally a chart of the characters as well as a transliteration. Most of the script entries have a small amount of explanatory text.