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Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages

Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages (Hardback, Main)

By Dorren, Gaston

If you were to master the 20 languages discussed in Babel you could chat to more than half the world's population. Actually, you could talk to another quarter of the world, who speak them as second languages. As he did in Lingo, Gaston Dorren delves deep into the linguistic oddit...ies and extraordinary stories of these global tongues, tracing their origins and tracking their sometimes bloody rise to greatness. He listens to their distinctly un-English sounds and deciphers their bewildering array of scripts, presents the gems and gaps in their vocabularies and charts their inventive coinages and surprising loans. He explains the oddities of their grammars, which order their speakers' worldview but often appear bafflingly complex to outsiders. Learn why Russian has no word for blue, how Turkish stopped borrowing word, and why Arabic is possibly the hardest global language to learn. Look into the future of Chinese script and re-examine the Latin alphabet's gory past. Consider the difficulties of having four forms for 'I' as in Vietnamese, and the questions that arise from the way Tamil pronouns keep humans and deities apart. Witty, fascinating and utterly compelling, Babel will change the way you look at the world and how it speaks.
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ISBN 9781781256404
Released NZ 28 Nov 2018
Publisher Profile Books Ltd
Format Hardback, Main
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ISBN-13 9781781256404
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Profile Books Ltd
Imprint Profile Books Ltd
Released 28 Nov 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, Main
 › 3 other possible formats available
Edition Main
Author(s) By Dorren, Gaston
Category Language & Linguistics
Literary & Linguistic Reference Works
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 144mm
Height: 222mm
Spine: 34mm
Dewey Code 417.7
Weight 564g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Historical linguistics
NBS Text Linguistics
ONIX Text General/trade