Book Lingo : a language spotters' guide to Europe / Gaston Dorren ; with contributions by Jenny Audring, Frauke Watson and Alison Edwards (translation).
Publication year: 2015
Media type Book
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781781254172 (pbk.) :
Originally published: 2014.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Extent: 304 pages : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and whi
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'LINGO takes us on an intriguing tour of fifty-odd European languages and dialects, from the life of PIE (our common ancestor) to the rise and rise of English, via the complexities of Welsh plurals and puzzling Czech accents. Along the way, it explains the baffling styles of Basque, unlocks Ukrainian's enviable grammar and provides a crash course in alphabets. We learn why Esperanto could never catch on, how the language of William the Conqueror lives on in the Channel Islands, and consider if English is like Chinese' - Cover.