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Native tongues

Author: Charles Berlitz
Publisher: New York : Grosset & Dunlap, ©1982.
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A list of surprising, thoughtprovoking, fascinating, and useful facts about human speech and the written word.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Berlitz
ISBN: 0448123363 9780448123363
OCLC Number: 8499982
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xi, 340 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: There are 2,796 languages in the world --
How languages started --
How languages spread and decline --
1066 and the French invasion of English --
How you can turn thousands of English words into French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, or Dutch --
Language, gender, and sex --
Language incidents that changed history --
Rallying cries of conquest, defiance, or prayer --
Words of love and admiration --
Insults and profanity around the world --
Ethnic slurs and the comparatively innocent origins --
Same sounds --
different meaning --
Language survival and survival through language --
Clicks, whistles, gestures, and musical scales --
Counting --
fingers, toes, and computers --
Our mysterious alphabet --
An Asian script of subtlety and humor. Cont.): Languages lost --
and found again --
Word frequency and some surprises --
Some evocative names for animals --
Do animals have a language? --
Undiplomatic translations --
What's in a name: places --
What's in a name: people --
The view from the tribe --
There were others before Columbus --
The local coloring of proverbs --
The levels of politeness --
Hello and goodbye --
The world's shortest phrasebook in the most languages --
Odd origins and changing meanings --
Palindromes, nonstop words, tongue twisters, and historic puns --
The language of revolution --
Military codes and linguistic deceptions --
Secret languages, crime, and slang --
Languages in space --
English vs. American --
The export of English words --
Someday --
a world language.
Responsibility: by Charles Berlitz.

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