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ISBN: 0806939052 / ISBN-13: 9780806939056

The World of Words: An Illustrated History of Western Languages

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"The author takes a lively tour through the history of Greek and Latin, the Germanic and Celtic tongues and the Baltic and Slavonic languages. A ... Show synopsis

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  • The World of Words: An Illustrated History of Western Languages (Sterling) – Hardcover (1999)
    by Victor Stevenson (Editor), Philip Howard, MD (Introduction by)

    The World of Words: An Illustrated History of Western Languages

    Hardcover, Sterling
    1999
    English
    200 pages

    ISBN: 0806939052
    ISBN-13: 9780806939056

    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 ... Show more

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