Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages

Babel Around the World in Twenty Languages English is the world language except that most of the world doesn t speak it only one in five people does Dorren calculates that to speak fluently with half of the world s billion people you wou

  • Title: Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages
  • Author: Gaston Dorren
  • ISBN: 9780802128799
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Hardcover
  • English is the world language, except that most of the world doesn t speak it only one in five people does Dorren calculates that to speak fluently with half of the world s 7.4 billion people, you would need to know no fewer than twenty languages He investigates these top twenty world languages, which range from the familiar French, Spanish to the surprising Malay, TEnglish is the world language, except that most of the world doesn t speak it only one in five people does Dorren calculates that to speak fluently with half of the world s 7.4 billion people, you would need to know no fewer than twenty languages He investigates these top twenty world languages, which range from the familiar French, Spanish to the surprising Malay, Tamil, Bengali Babel whisks the reader on a delightful journey to every continent of the world, tracing how these world languages rose to greatness while others fell away, and showing how speakers today handle the foibles of their mother tongues From tongue tying phonetics to elegant but confusing writing scripts, and mind bending quirks of grammar, Babel is a testament to the idea of Charlemagne s that to speak another language is to possess another soul Among many other things, Babel will teach you why Russian has no word for blue, how and why Turkish stopped borrowing words from other languages, and why Arabic might be the hardest language to learn Dorren forecasts the future of Chinese script, re examines the Latin alphabet s gory past, and explains why you have to be very careful not to offend someone when speaking Javanese, which offers a choice of five different registers or khrong for most words in the language, depending on the social class of the person being addressed Not a language for the faint hearted Witty, fascinating and utterly c

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    About “Gaston Dorren

    • Gaston Dorren

      Having started to talk before I could walk, I remember my pre schooler s frustration at being unable to read In my teens and later, I learnt a handful of languages sort of well I ve dabbled in many others since.As a journalist, I published two well received books on linguistics, both in Dutch Nieuwe tongen New Tongues, 1999 on the languages of migrants in the Benelux, and Taaltoerisme Language Tourism, 2012 , a lively grand tour of 53 European languages The latter was the basis for Lingo subtitled A language spotter s guide to Europe in the UK and Around Europe in sixty languages in the US I am currently working on a new book, whose subtitle will be The world beyond English.I live in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, with my wife, Marleen.I have a rather catholic taste in fiction In English, from David Mitchell, Pat Barker and Alain de Botton to P.G Wodehouse, Jasper Fforde and Rowling s Harry Potter series In my mother tongue, from Harry Mulisch and the van het Reve brothers to many others of lesser international renown.When it comes to linguistic non fiction, I like Guy Deutscher, John McWhorter, David Crystal, Steven Pinker, Nicholas Ostler, Karl Heinz G ttert German , Marc van Oostendorp Dutch and Joop van der Horst Dutch.



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