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Lingo: A language spotter's guide to Europe

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Lingo: A language spotter's guide to Europe by Gaston Dorren

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.

Lingo: A language spotters guide to Europe - About the Author

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.

Lingo: A language spotters guide to Europe - Reviews

Gaston Dorren offers an excellent overview of Europe's languages ... It's very enlightening, and very well done (NRC Handelsblad)

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Product Description

Lingo: A language spotter's guide to Europe by Gaston Dorren

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.

Lingo: A language spotters guide to Europe - About the Author

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.

Lingo: A language spotters guide to Europe - Reviews

Gaston Dorren offers an excellent overview of Europe's languages ... It's very enlightening, and very well done (NRC Handelsblad)

CONTINUE READING
Additional Information
Book Genre Reference
Book Format Unabridged
Binding Paperback
Publisher Profile
Number of pages 304
Dimensions 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
ISBN 9781781254172
Date of Publication Nov 2015
Media Type Book
Key Benefits
  • Explore the fascinating history of European languages and learn all about their peculiarities
  • The perfect gift idea for all language lovers
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