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              Lingo: A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe

              Lingo: A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe (Paperback, Main)

              By Dorren, Gaston; Edited by Buckley, Jonathan; Translated by Edwards, Alison

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              Why the Spanish speak so fast, the Dutch are gender-benders and it's hard to add up in Breton.

              ISBN 9781781254172
              Released NZ 18 Nov 2015
              Publisher Profile Books Ltd
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              Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages

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

              By Dorren, Gaston

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              If you were to master the twenty languages discussed in Babel, you could talk with three quarters of the world's population. But what makes these languages stand out amid the world's estimated 6,500 tongues? Gaston Dorren delves deep into the linguistic oddities and extraordinary... stories of these diverse lingua francas, tracing their origins and their sometimes bloody rise to greatness. He deciphers their bewildering array of scripts, presents the gems and gaps in their vocabularies and charts their coinages and loans. He even explains how their grammars order their speakers' worldview. Combining linguistics and cultural history, Babel takes us on an intriguing tour of the world, addressing such questions as how tiny Portugal spawned a major world language and Holland didn't, why Japanese women talk differently from men, what it means for Russian to be 'related' to English, and how non-alphabetic scripts, such as those of India and China, do the same job as our 26 letters. Not to mention the conundrums of why Vietnamese has four forms for 'I', or how Tamil pronouns keep humans and deities apart. Babel will change the way you look at the world and how we all speak.
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              ISBN 9781781256411
              Released NZ 3 Sep 2019
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              Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages
               

              Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Dorren, Gaston

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              From the celebrated author of Lingo, a whistle-stop tour of the world's twenty most-spoken languages, exploring history, geography, linguistics, and culture--showing how the language we speak reflects our view of the world

              ISBN 9780802147806
              Released NZ 17 Dec 2019
              Publisher Grove Press
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              Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages
                

              Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages (Audio CD / Audio, Unabridged)

              By Dorren, Gaston; Narrator Backman, George

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              English is the world language, except that most of the world doesn't speak it - only one in five people does. Dorren calculates that to speak fluently with half of the world's 7.4 billion people in their mother tongues, you would need to know no fewer than 20 languages. He sets o...ut to explore these top 20 world languages, which range from the familiar (French, Spanish) to the surprising (Malay, Javanese, Bengali). Babel whisks the listener on a delightful journey to every continent of the world, tracing how these world languages rose to greatness while others fell away, and showing how speakers today handle the foibles of their mother tongues. Whether showcasing tongue-tying phonetics or elegant but complicated writing scripts, and mind-bending quirks of grammar, Babel vividly illustrates that mother tongues are like nations: Each has its own customs and beliefs that seem as self-evident to those born into it as they are surprising to the outside world. Among many other things, Babel will teach you why modern Turks can't read books that are a mere 75 years old, what it means in practice for Russian and English to be relatives, and how Japanese developed separate dialects for men and women. Dorren lets you in on his personal trials and triumphs while studying Vietnamese in Hanoi, debunks 10 widespread myths about Chinese characters, and discovers that Swahili became the lingua franca in a part of the world where people routinely speak three or more languages. Witty, fascinating, and utterly compelling, Babel will change the way you look at and listen to the world and how it speaks.
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              ISBN 9781799719892
              Released NZ 6 Aug 2019
              Publisher Brilliance Corporation
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              Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages
               

              Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages (EPUB ebook)

              By Dorren, Gaston

              If you were to master the twenty languages discussed in Babel, you could talk with three quarters of the world's population. But what makes these languages stand out amid the world's estimated 6,500 tongues? Gaston Dorren delves deep into the linguistic oddities and extraordinary... stories of these diverse lingua francas, tracing their origins and their sometimes bloody rise to greatness. He deciphers their bewildering array of scripts, presents the gems and gaps in their vocabularies and charts their coinages and loans. He even explains how their grammars order their speakers' worldview. Combining linguistics and cultural history, Babel takes us on an intriguing tour of the world, addressing such questions as how tiny Portugal spawned a major world language and Holland didn't, why Japanese women talk differently from men, what it means for Russian to be 'related' to English, and how non-alphabetic scripts, such as those of India and China, do the same job as our 26 letters. Not to mention the conundrums of why Vietnamese has four forms for 'I', or how Tamil pronouns keep humans and deities apart. Babel will change the way you look at the world and how we all speak.
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              ISBN 9781782832508
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              Released NZ 1 Nov 2018
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              Lingo: A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe
               

              Lingo: A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe (EPUB ebook – Main)

              By Dorren, Gaston; Edited by Buckley, Jonathan

              Why the Spanish speak so fast, the Dutch are gender-benders and it's hard to add up in Breton.

              ISBN 9781782831396
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              Released NZ 6 Nov 2014
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              Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages
               

              Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages (Hardback)

              By Dorren, Gaston

              • RRP: $53.00
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              From the celebrated author of Lingo, a whistle-stop tour of the world's twenty most-spoken languages, exploring history, geography, linguistics, and culture, and showing how the language we speak goes a long way to determining our world

              ISBN 9780802128799
              Released NZ 4 Dec 2018
              Publisher Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly
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