Around Europe in Sixty Languages

Book - 2015
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"Spins the reader on a whirlwind tour of sixty European languages and dialects, sharing quirky moments from their histories and exploring their commonalities and differences ... [and taking] 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 conversation"
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c[2015]
ISBN: 9780802124074
Branch Call Number: 410 DORREN
Characteristics: 303 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm


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Jan 17, 2016

This was a fun book about the languages of Europe, big and little, easy and hard, historic and modern. Short chapters made for a quick, entertaining read.

xaipe Dec 25, 2015

This is new book on the linguistics tidbits and trivia of the languages of Europe (including some that I'd never realized were still spoken: Ossetian, Galician, Frisian, Channel Islands Norman, Shelta, Sorbian and some that have been resurrected - Manx, Cornish). This is not a book for linguistics majors, although there are a few terms you may have to look up. For anyone with an even passing interest in languages and their astonishing varieties, this is a good and relatively fast read. The chapters are short and divided by language so no need to worry about getting bogged down with lengthy analyses.


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