Lingo

A Language Spotters Guide to Europe

Auteur: Gaston Dorren
Uitgever: Profile Books Ltd
  • Engelstalig
  • 256 pagina's
  • 9781781254165
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Whether you're a frequent visitor to Europe or just an armchair traveler, the surprising and extraordinary stories inLingo will forever change the way you think about the continent, and may even make you want to learn a new language.

Lingo 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. 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 conversation, leading to tiptoeing questions of the form: ''Would herr generaldirekt├Âr Rexed like a biscuit?''

Spanning six millenia and sixty languages in bite-size chapters, Lingo is a hilarious and highly edifying exploration of how Europe speaks.

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Auteur
Gaston Dorren
Redactie
Jonathan Buckley
Soort
Met illustraties
Taal
Engels
Vertaald door
Alison Edwards
Afmetingen
32x209x139 mm
Gewicht
423,00 gram
Druk
1
ISBN10
1781254168
ISBN13
9781781254165

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2014

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