LINGO is my book about European languages, especially written for non-linguists. It may also be read, off-label, by linguists, language teachers and translators in need of a reminder that languages are fun.
On the jacket, it says that it ‘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 ways of Basque, unlocks Ukrainian’s enviable grammar trick and provides a crash course in alphabets. We learn (…) how the language of William the Conqueror lives on in the Channel Islands and consider if English is like Chinese.
LINGO also looks at words that English has loaned from across the continent, and those we really should import, like the Norwegians’ utepils (lager enjoyed out of doors), the Germans’ gönnen (the opposite of envy), or the Frisian tafalle (to turn out better than expected).’
I think the jacket puts it well.
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