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The World Of Words: An Illustrated History of Western Languages Edited by Victor Stevenson

The World Of Words: An Illustrated History of Western Languages
by Edited by Victor Stevenson

A new edition of the guide to the history of language which covers current linguistic issues such as political correctness and technological speech.

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The World Of Words: An Illustrated History of Western Languages Summary


Did you know that when you call someone a "pal" you're using a word derived from Romany, the gypsy tongue (phal, or brother)? Or that "cosmonaut" has its origins in ancient Greek? Remnants of the past live on in our words, grammar, and pronunciation. This is the story of language--how it succeeds or fails, and why it develops the way it does. * A completely redesigned edition--with newly drawn maps and discussions of the most current linguistic issues (including "politically correct" and technological speech). * Over 1,000 examples illustrate how specific words changed through time. * Covers Sanskrit; Indo-Aryan; Basque; Greek; Celtic; Latin and the Romance languages; Germanic (including English); Slavonic; Baltic tongues; "outsider" languages, like Magyar and Finnish; and Europe's national languages. * Includes over 140 photographs and special boxed sections. Whether you're interested in Romany or Romanian, English from Texas or Italian from Tuscany--you'll find the words that link them here! 200 pages (all in color), 7 1/4 x 9 5/8. NEW IN PAPERBACK

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GOR001000710
The World Of Words: An Illustrated History of Western Languages
Edited by Victor Stevenson
Very Good
Paperback
Sterling Publishing Co Inc
1999-06-30
200
0806939052
9780806939056
N/A
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