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Atlas of Unusual Languages

Author: Zoran Nikolic and Collins Books  

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The ideal gift for anyone interested in language, geography and people. We communicate through the spoken and written word and language has evolved over the centuries. Many languages have survived although only in small pockets throughout the world. This book explores a selection of those languages.

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The ideal gift for anyone interested in language, geography and people. We communicate through the spoken and written word and language has evolved over the centuries. Many languages have survived although only in small pockets throughout the world. This book explores a selection of those languages.

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We communicate through the spoken and written word and language has evolved over the centuries. Many languages have survived although only in small pockets throughout the world. This book explores a selection of those languages and some that have now been lost forever. Selection of languages included; ISLANDS OF LANGUAGE ISOLATES - Basque language, Spain/France - Ainu, Japan/Russia - Burushaski, Pakistan - Huave language, Mexico INDO-EUROPEAN LANGUAGE ISLANDS - u er-Sandevo; Selemlija, N. Macedoniae - Trinidadian French Creole, Trinidad & Tobago - Y Wladfa, a Welsh colony in Argentina - Cornish language - Vakifli, Turkey - Bolze language of Switzerland NON-IE LANGUAGE ISLANDS IN EUROPE - Ugric languages - Gagauz language - Kalmyk Oirat language LANGUAGE ISLANDS AROUND THE WORLD - Yele language, Rossel Island, Papua New Guinea - Formosan languages - Kumzari language, Oman "WEIRD" LANGUAGES - Polari language, UK - Shelta traveller language of Ireland EXTINCT LANGUAGE ISLANDS - Sumerian language - Potato Germans in Denmark - Crimean Gothic These and many more instances are captured in this fascinating book full of strange language intrigue.

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About the Author

Born in an area of constant political change in what was once Yugoslavia and is now Serbia, Zoran Nikolic saw the impact political change had on people's daily lives. This interest in geography extended outside Eastern Europe and became a lifetime fascination with borders and political geography.

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The ideal gift for anyone interested in language, geography and people. We communicate through the spoken and written word and language has evolved over the centuries. Many languages have survived although only in small pockets throughout the world. This book explores a selection of those languages. Did you know that some people believe that the speakers of Burushaski, the language of a distant valley below the Himalayas, are actually the descendants of the soldiers of Alexander the Great? And that, even though the Venetian language is not official in Venice, it is spoken in several locations in Latin America? From 'language isolates' such as Basque, spoken in Spain and France, and Ainu in Japan and Russia, to language islands including a Welsh speaking colony in Argentina-discover how geography shapes communication and societies. What can we learn from the existence of Gutnish, a dialect of the extinct Eastern Germanic Gothic, on several islands of the Baltic Sea? And how widely spoken is Cornish? These and many more intriguing linguistic questions are answered in this absorbing exploration of lesser known languages.

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Product Details

Publisher
Harpercollins Publishers | Collins
Published
14th October 2021
Pages
240
ISBN
9780008469597
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