The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language

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In this work, the author shares his expertise as a linguist to introduce us to Russonorsk, a creole of Russian and Norwegian once spoken by trading fur trappers in the summer, the ways in which Yiddish, a dialect of German, has been influenced by the grammar of Polish and a dialect of an Australian aboriginal language which only has three verbs. Along the way we learn how English absorbed French at two stages of its history, giving us Norman French warranty and the standard French guarantee, while Japanese has been infused ...

The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language 2003, Arrow Books Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9780099435242

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The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language 2002, W.H. Freeman & Company, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780716744733

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The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language 2002, William Heinemann Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9780434007899

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