The World of Words

The World of Words

Book - 1999
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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
Publisher: New York : Sterling Publishing Co., 1999.
Edition: New, rev. ed. --
ISBN: 9780806939056
Branch Call Number: 409/.4/Ste/1999 6173cg 1
Characteristics: 200 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps.


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