Lingo: A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe

Lingo A Language Spotter s Guide to Europe 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

  • Title: Lingo: A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe
  • Author: Gaston Dorren Alison Edwards
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  • Page: 367
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  • 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 CzechWelcome 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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    About "Gaston Dorren Alison Edwards"

    1. Gaston Dorren Alison Edwards

      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.

    270 thoughts on “Lingo: A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe”

    1. This was a kind of whirlwind tour of the history of the languages of Europe How they began, developed and spread or died I ve been reading quite a few linguistics books recently and this kind of rounds them out in a very light and entertaining way Countries are often very fierce about their national language as it is the main, defining point of their nationhood There are many examples from Basque to Monagasque One closer to home for me is Irish Gaelic was just about extinct and no one speaks it [...]




    2. An overview of European languages, including several either dead, dying, or spoken as distinct minority languages in their countries Easy to pick up and put down without losing any continuity folks looking for something in depth might likely find themselves frustrated or disappointed Excellent audio narration Backman obviously went to great lengths to get the material down correctly.


    3. A fast reading, broad sweep of European languages Just enough information to whet one s appetite to learn about the development of many of the languages of Europe I would think this book would be great for a High School library Chapters are short and focus on a single language so a good book to read a little at a time along with reading something else.


    4. A fun, humorous and broadly accessible look at the language landscape of Europe For the various languages featured some European languages are omitted, but the major ones are covered along with some unusual lesser known tongues the author alternately delves into interesting or dismaying features, such as spelling or grammar quirks history, evolution, spread retreat, or death revival links or contrasts with related or nearby languages dialects notable linguists who helped shape certain languages [...]


    5. I was expectingmething different I knew from the cover description that this would not be an in depth treatise, but I was still surprised at just how superficial most of the discussion in this book was Just when I d think the author was gearing up to dig into something juicy or interesting nope Chapter s over.And some of the chapters just seemed kind of pointless The entirety of the two pages on Danish could be summed up as, Danish used to be spoken over a very large area Then there were some wa [...]


    6. An enjoyable book of language trivia You ll learn why French has all those silent letters, if it s reallytrue that Spanish is spoken faster than other languages or if it just sounds that way, and whether that oft referenced language Sami really does have 20 unique words for snow.I really liked the end of each chapter which included words from each language that are loanwords in English, many of which migrated through one or even multiple other languages on their way Along with that is a single w [...]


    7. I don t think I can truly express how much I loved this book It really surprised me I don t recall why I downloaded it, probably some Kindle deal day, but it must ve sat there unread for a year or so, I actually put it in my Holiday Reads folder twice, but when it came to the actual holiday thought it would be too much hard work Silly me.It s a witty and interesting whirlwind tour through European languages since the Greeks Where they came from, how they evolved, languages that died out, languag [...]


    8. Fun book of linguistics tidbits and trivia for the languages of Europe including some that I d never realized were still spoken Ossetian, Galician, Frisian, Channel Islands Norman, Shelta, Sorbian that one I d never heard of and some that have been resurrected Manx, Cornish A lot of grammatical and linguistic terms were thrown at me, so I did a lot of Googling at times, but a really fun read for summer and sorry, this won t be coming out until December in the US.


    9. Een heel onderhoudend, overzichtelijk en toegankelijk boekje waarin Gaston Dorren de lezer op lichtvoetige wijze door Europa gidst langs een groot aantal talen en hun eigenaardigheden Ik vond het een genot om te lezen en heb er veel van opgestoken.


    10. Enjoyable book to have around, to dip into when you don t have time to immerse yourself in something less bite sized It s entertaining throughout, with judicious use of humour that never gets glib, and full of interesting information, though I imagine little to keep someone with knowledge of linguistics surprised Manages to find a new and usually interesting angle from which to approach every language chapter.


    11. I rarely add non fiction titles to my , but this is a really good one Language Tourism is a tour through the languages of Europe, big and small , highlighting characteristics that make them interesting This book covers a lot of territory without being superficial or flippant With humor, scholarship, and a deep understanding of the subject, Gaston Dorren really takes us on a premium tour.Anyone who reads Dutch and is interested in languages should read this book I practically inhaled this book, k [...]


    12. This book was a joy to read It s written in relatively layman s terms, so is easily accessible for the casual linguist or even just someone who is a little language curious I enjoyed the humour sprinkled throughout the book, too The content is somewhat whirlwind as can be expected, since it claims to be a guide to a whole continent of languages and sometimes I wish it had gone into a little detail, but the Further Reading section at the end will be sure to quench that particular thirst of mine [...]


    13. Arrrrggh, there are so many languages in Europe When will I ever have time to learn the mighty Turkish or the noble Armenian This book is basically all the jokes that language teachers like to tell about their pet subject, along with occasional photos of a lovely lady with a tenuous connection to the country, but it was good fun and now I want to read a separate book about every single language mentioned.


    14. Slow start, but author s fun, quirky writing made it a pleasure Whoever thought of a tour of Indo European languages, besides the inside front cover of a dictionary Yet, by the time I got to Armenia a country in which I lived not too long after its independence , and had someone else confirm that the alphabet looks like spaghetti thrown on the ground, I was charmed completely.


    15. Excellent book for anyone interested in languages and their intriguing relationships with each other As a veteran of numerous attempts to learn French, Spanish, German, Russian, Greek and, now, Dutch, I applaud someone who really can and can write an engaging book about all of the European languages and .Bravo


    16. Wonderful book on 53 European languages, upbeat and genuinely fascinating account on the myriad ways of European languages Truly one of the best popular books on languages right up there with David Crystal and others.


    17. This was excellent A rapid fire tour of 60 European languages through entertaining stories, thought pieces, and a ton of research I highly recommend this to anyone interested in languages, cultures, or linguistic history.



    18. This book is what it says it is a linguistic guide of Europe It has small chapters on many languages, providing either a short overview of each or discussing some curious phenomena of a language Like no one would expect exhaustive information on history, culture and geography of each country in a 300 page travel guide of Europe, one should not expect a thorough description of each language from this linguistic guide of Europe However, it might encourage to research on a particular language or e [...]


    19. Sehr informativ und interessant, aber definitiv kein Buch mit dem man sich gem tlich aufs Sofa verzieht Jeder, der sich auch nur ein wenig f r Sprachen interessiert, wird etwas in diesem Buch finden, was ihm gef llt.



    20. In short chapters, the author describes the peculiarities of 60 different European languages I found it very enlightening to read about the differences between the languages, because I don t think I have ever before approached language with an eye to figuring out the broader differences The chapter I appreciated most was about Scottish Gaelic, which I once tried to learn without much success I found the spelling just incomprehensible Dorren gives the most understandable explanation I ve ever hea [...]


    21. Voor mijn verjaardag kreeg ik het boek Taaltoerisme cadeau Ik ben dol op talen en weetjes, dus een uitstekende keuze Toevallig ging ik een paar dagen later naar Zwitserland Waar kun je nu beter een boek over Europese talen lezen dan in talensmeltkroes Zwitserland Onderweg is ook altijd een goed moment om te lezen.Het boek bestaat uit een boel korte verhalen, of columns, elk over een curiositeit in een of meer Europese talen Bijvoorbeeld over hoe Hongaars compleet anders is dan de talen van de om [...]


    22. This book gives in one short volume a brief description of languages in Europe It was interesting and fun to read I enjoyed Dorren s humor The chapter on Bielorussian was hilarious, although, I wonder what Bielorussian speakers will think of it I also wonder whether Esperanto speakers, in general, will be amused by his entry for Esperinto or accept his claim that Esperanto is not easier than other languages Whichever it may be, I wish he had written a little about the history of Esperanto and it [...]


    23. all the languages of the Indo European group originated from the PIE Proto Indo European Lithuanian is still very similar to pie icelandic remains the most unchanged language of all, it s kind of object of nation s pride they defy changes and read the works written in twelfth century freely and for a joylarussian was creatd for those who find russian too difficult it was extremely interesting to read about languages I m familiar with but the tales about the others were almost an empty sound cove [...]


    24. Wow, definitely a book for language buffs I love languages and it was fun to see how most languages of Europe criss cross one another and some of their quirks and foibles That being said, a lot of it was not easy reading as there is a lot of the pronunciation stuff like they give you in dictionaries, and I for one have never been able to master all those strange characters supposed to be spoken in one way or the other, so it fell flat for me in many parts Still, it is a nice peek into the world [...]


    25. 3 sterren voor humor en plat vermaak Leuke schrijfstijl en vaak originele invalshoeken niet altijd De man doet natuurlijk geen recht aan elke taal, maar beschrijft bepaalde eigenaardigheden of moeilijkheden ervan wel op een vermakelijke manier met mooie vergelijkingen Hongaars was mijn favoriete hoofdstuk Het had een van de meest originele invalshoeken.


    26. This book was like a box of candy for the amateur linguist in me, especially the chapter that talked about distinguishing features of different languages I learned a lot, and really enjoyed this one


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