The Loom of Language

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1985 - 692 páginas
It is at the same time a history of language, a guide to foreign tongues, and a method for learning them. It shows, through basic vocabularies, family resemblances of languages—Teutonic, Romance, Greek—helpful tricks of translation, key combinations of roots and phonetic patterns. It presents by common-sense methods the most helpful approach to the mastery of many languages; it condenses vocabulary to a minimum of essential words; it simplifies grammar in an entirely new way; and it teaches a languages as it is actually used in everyday life.

But this book is more than a guide to foreign languages; it goes deep into the roots of all knowledge as it explores the history of speech. It lights up the dim pathways of prehistory and unfolds the story of the slow growth of human expression from the most primitive signs and sounds to the elaborate variations of the highest cultures. Without language no knowledge would be possible; here we see how language is at once the source and the reservoir of all we know.

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THE STORY OF THE ALPHABET
33
ACCIDENCETHE TABLE MANNERS OF LANGUAGE
76
SYNTAXTHE TRAFFIC RULES OF LANGUAGE
118
THE CLASSIFICATION OF LANGUAGES
169
PART
211
OUR TEUTONIC RELATIVES A BIRDSEYE VIEW OF TEU
257
THE DISEASES OF LANGUAGE
409
PIONEERS OF LANGUAGE PLANNING
448
LANGUAGE PLANNING FOR A NEW ORDER
487
BASIC VOCABULARIES FOR THE TEUTONIC LAN
521
BASIC VOCABULARIES FOR THE ROMANCE LAN
589
GREEK ROOTS IN COMMON USE FOR TECHŅICAL
657
INDEX
683
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Frederick Bodmer is a distinguished Swiss philologist.

Lancelot Hogben--a prolific British writer on topics as diverse as science, history, and politics--was born in Southsea, England, in 1895. Hogben was educated at Cambridge as a biologist, but never limited himself to a single field of inquiry. He is best remembered for his many books for adults and children that attempted to make math and science available to popular audiences. In Mathematics for a Million (1936) and Science for a Citizen (1938), Hogben offered adult readers detailed and readable texts on difficult subjects. His many books for children include First Great Inventions (1950) and Before Science Began (1970). One of Hogben's most ambitious projects emerged rather accidentally; in 1940, he and his daughter were trapped in Oslo, Norway, by the German invasion. The best plan Hogben could devise to return home to England was by making a 20,000-mile detour through Sweden, Russia, Siberia, Japan, and the United States--a journey he details in Author in Transit, a travelogue complete with commentary on politics, culture, science, and history. Hogben's academic career included stints at universities in England, Scotland, Canada, South Africa, and Guyana. He died in 1975.

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