Gaston Dorren - Author

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.

Featured books by Gaston Dorren

Lingo A Language Spotters Guide to Europe

Lingo A Language Spotters Guide to Europe

Author: Gaston Dorren Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2015

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 Spotter's Guide to Europe

Lingo A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe

Author: Gaston Dorren Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/11/2015

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.

Other books by Gaston Dorren

Babel

Babel

Author: Gaston Dorren Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

If you were to master the twenty languages discussed in Babel, you could talk with three quarters of the world's population. But what makes these languages stand out amid the world's estimated 6,500 tongues? Gaston Dorren delves deep into the linguistic oddities and extraordinary stories of these diverse lingua francas, tracing their origins and their sometimes bloody rise to greatness. He deciphers their bewildering array of scripts, presents the gems and gaps in their vocabularies and charts their coinages and loans. He even explains how their grammars order their speakers' worldview. Combining linguistics and cultural history, Babel takes us on an intriguing tour of the world, addressing such questions as how tiny Portugal spawned a major world language and Holland didn't, why Japanese women talk differently from men, what it means for Russian to be 'related' to English, and how non-alphabetic scripts, such as those of India and China, do the same job as our 26 letters. Not to mention the conundrums of why Vietnamese has four forms for 'I', or how Tamil pronouns keep humans and deities apart. Babel will change the way you look at the world and how we all speak.

Lingo

Lingo

Author: Gaston Dorren, Jose C. Vales Format: eBook Release Date: 07/05/2017

Bienvenido a Europa como nunca la has visto: a traves de las peculiaridades de sus idiomas y dialectos. Gaston Dorren mezcla la lingstica y la historia cultural y nos conduce a un fascinante tour por el continente, desde el protoindoeuropeo (el antepasado comn de las lenguas europeas) hasta el triunfo del ingls, pasando por las complejidades de los plurales del gals y la pronunciacin checa. Por el camino aprenderemos por qu el esperanto no prospera, qu les sorprende ms a los extranjeros que intentan aprender espaol y por qu el fins es el idioma europeo ms fcil de aprender. Preparados? Sorprendente, ingeniosa y lleno de datos extraordinarios, "e;Lingo"e; cambiar nuestra forma de entender el lenguaje. "e;A travs de estas sesenta historias sobre la lingstica europea aprendemos muchsimo sobre Europa [] Una gua entretenida y accesible"e;. - The Financial Times"e;El recorrido de Dorren por el continente se convierte en una prctica enormemente divertida. Tiene algo interesante que decir sobre casi todo [] brillante"e;. - The Guardian

Sprachen

Sprachen

Author: Gaston Dorren Format: eBook Release Date: 10/03/2017

Warum wir sprechen, was wir sprechenWieso sind die Hollander wahre Konige des Genderbendings? Warum klingt Spanisch wie ein Maschinengewehr? Was haben Sepp und Ferrari gemeinsam? Und weshalb ist Litauen der beste Ort, um den Ursprung der europaischen Sprachen kennenzulernen?Gaston Dorren ist ein multilinguales Genie. In kurzweiligen Kapiteln geht er den Kuriositaten rund um Europas Sprachen auf den Grund und erzahlt, was diese jeweils so einzigartig macht. Dabei beschaftigt er sich nicht nur mit ihrer Herkunft, sondern hebt vor allem verbluffende Besonderheiten hervor. Von der Grammatik bis zur Sprechweise, von der Gesellschaft bis zur Politik greift er die verschiedensten Themen auf. Er nimmt den Leser mit auf eine unterhaltsame Reise voller kluger Beobachtungen und zeichnet so ein neues, spannendes Bild der europaischen Nationen.

Lingo

Lingo

Author: Gaston Dorren Format: eBook Release Date: 15/03/2016

S lingvisticheskoj tochki zreniya Evropa - ehto yazykovoj pirog, kotoryj sostoit iz neskol'kih bol'shih kuskov, mnozhestva melkih i gorstki kroshek. Ustnoe i pis'mennoe mnogoobrazie yazykov nashego kontinenta vyglyadit vpechatlyayushche i neveroyatno uvlekatel'no. "e;Lingvo - ehto yazykovoj pejzazh nashego kontinenta, zhivopisnye lingvisticheskie realii kotorogo dostojny pristal'nogo vnimaniya, ogromnogo interesa i iskrennego voskhishcheniya.

Lingo A Language Spotters Guide to Europe

Lingo A Language Spotters Guide to Europe

Author: Gaston Dorren Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2015

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.

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