How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.
Manuel des langues romanes [Manual of the Romance Languages]
This volume gives a detailed overview of the fundamentals of Romance linguistics. It deals with the history of Romance linguistics, lexicography and grammaticography, historical sources and text corpora, the history of the Romance languages and the Romana submersa as well as with Romance idioms of the Middle Ages and the state of the Romance languages today in a comparative perspective, and also takes into account Romance-based creoles.