Lingo

A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe

Gaston Dorren, edited by Jonathan Buckley translated by Alison Edwards
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Why the Spanish speak so fast, the Dutch are gender-benders and it's hard to add up in Breton.

Welcome to Europe as you've never known it before, seen through the peculiarities of its languages and dialects. Combining linguistics and cultural history, Gaston Dorren takes us on an intriguing tour of the continent, from Proto-Indo-European (the common ancestor of most European languages) to the rise and rise of English, via the complexities of Welsh plurals and Czech pronunciation. Along the way we learn why Esperanto will never catch on, how the language of William the Conqueror lives on in the Channel Islands and why Finnish is the easiest European language.

Surprising, witty and full of extraordinary facts, this book will change the way you think about the languages around you. Polyglot Gaston Dorren might even persuade you that English is like Chinese.

Author bio:

Gaston Dorren has written two Dutch books on language and contributes regularly to Onze Taal, a popular linguistics magazine. A true polyglot, Gaston speaks Dutch, Limburgish, English, German and Spanish, and reads French, Afrikaans, Frisian, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Luxembourgish and Esperanto.

Category: Writing & Language
ISBN: 9781781254172
Publisher: Profile Books
Imprint: Profile Trade
Pub Date: November 2015
Page Extent: 304
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Language

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