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Lingo A Language Spotters Guide to Europe

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An examination of Europe through its languages and dialects, how, living so close together have we developed so many languages? These and other linguistic questions are answered in Gaston Dorren’s Lingo, a book to make any fan of etymology very happy indeed.

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Lingo A Language Spotters 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.

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

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.

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Publication date

5th November 2015

Author

Gaston Dorren

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Author's Website

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Publisher

Profile Books Ltd

Format

Hardback
304 pages

Categories

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Slang & dialect humour
Language: history & general works

ISBN

9781781254172

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