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Lingo: Around Europe in Sixty Languages

Lingo Around Europe in Sixty Languages Six thousand years Sixty languages One brisk and breezy whirlwind armchair tour of Europe bulg ing with linguistic trivia The Wall Street Journal Take a trip of the tongue across the continent

  • Title: Lingo: Around Europe in Sixty Languages
  • Author: Gaston Dorren
  • ISBN: 0802190944
  • Page: 487
  • Format: ebook
  • Six thousand years Sixty languages One brisk and breezy whirlwind armchair tour of Europe bulg ing with linguistic trivia The Wall Street Journal Take a trip of the tongue across the continent in this fascinating, hilarious and highly edifying exploration of the many ways and whys of Euro speaks its idiosyncrasies, its histories, commonalities, and differences Six thousand years Sixty languages One brisk and breezy whirlwind armchair tour of Europe bulg ing with linguistic trivia The Wall Street Journal Take a trip of the tongue across the continent in this fascinating, hilarious and highly edifying exploration of the many ways and whys of Euro speaks its idiosyncrasies, its histories, commonalities, and differences Most European languages are descended from a single ancestor, a language not unlike Sanskrit known as Proto Indo European or PIE for short , but the continent s ever changing borders and cultures have given rise to a linguistic and cultural diversity that is too often forgotten in discussions of Europe as a political entity Lingo takes us into today s remote mountain villages of Switzerland, where Romansh is still the lingua franca, to formerly Soviet Belarus, a country whose language was Russified by the Bolsheviks, to Sweden, where up until the 1960s polite speaking conventions required that one never use the word you In this bubbly linguistic endeavor, journalist and polyglot Dorren thoughtfully walks readers through the weird evolution of languages Publishers Weekly , and not just the usual suspects French, German, Yiddish, irish, and Spanish, Here, too are the esoteric Manx, Ossetian, Esperanto, Gagauz, and Sami, and that global headache called English In its sixty bite sized chapters, Dorret offers quirky and hilarious tidbi

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    1. Gaston Dorren

      Having started to talk before I could walk, I remember my pre schooler s frustration at being unable to read In my teens and later, I learnt a handful of languages sort of well I ve dabbled in many others since.In recent years, I ve published several books about language and linguistics, in both English and Dutch Lingo 2014 , about the languages of Europe also available in Dutch Lingua , Ge Having started to talk before I could walk, I remember my pre schooler s frustration at being unable to read In my teens and later, I learnt a handful of languages sort of well I ve dabbled in many others since.In recent years, I ve published several books about language and linguistics, in both English and Dutch Lingo 2014 , about the languages of Europe also available in Dutch Lingua , German Sprachen , Russian Lingvo , Spanish, Swedish and Norwegian Italian forthcoming Babel 2018 , about the world s 20 largest languages Spanish, Mandarin 2 , Norwegian, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean, Vietnamese and Dutch translations are scheduled for 2019 20 Vakantie in eigen taal 2016 , about the Dutch languages Nieuwe tongen 1999 , about heritage languages in the Netherlands and Flanders.I live in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, with my wife, Marleen.I have a rather catholic taste in fiction In English, from David Mitchell, Pat Barker and Alain de Botton to P.G Wodehouse, Jasper Fforde and Rowling s Harry Potter series In my mother tongue, from Renate Dorrestein and the van het Reve brothers to many others of lesser international renown.When it comes to linguistic non fiction, I like John McWhorter, Guy Deutscher, David Crystal, Nicholas Ostler, Henriette Walther French , Karl Heinz G ttert German , Lola Pons Rodr guez Spanish , Marc van Oostendorp Dutch and Joop van der Horst Dutch

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