LINGUIST List 33.53

Mon Jan 10 2022

Books: European Language Matters: Trudgill

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Date: 05-Dec-2021
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Subject: European Language Matters: Trudgill
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Title: European Language Matters
Subtitle: English in Its European Context
Published: 2021
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Peter Trudgill
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108832960 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 99.99
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108832960 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 74.99
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108832960 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 87.52
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108965927 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 32.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108965927 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 24.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108965927 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 29.17

Why do Greek lorries have Metaphorés written on the side? Is it grammatically correct to say 'the best team won' after a football match? What is the difference between manly, male, masculine and macho? Bringing together Peter Trudgill's highly popular columns for the New European, this fascinating collection explores how English has been influenced, both linguistically and culturally, by its neighbouring languages in Europe. English is very much a European language and Trudgill delves in to the rich linguistic legacy that links all European languages. The bite-sized pieces are grouped together in thematically arranged sections, to allow the reader to dip in and out at will, and cover a wide range of topics, from the etymology of words, to illuminating pieces on grammar. Written in an engaging and lively style, and full of intriguing facts about language and languages in Europe, this book will appeal to both language specialists and to general readers with no prior experience.

1. Words; 2. Food and Drink; 3. People; 4. Geography; 5. Cities; 6. Countries; 7. Languages; 8. Peoples; 9. Sounds; 10. Grammar; 11. Pedantry and Persecution; 12. Communication; 13. Sport; 14. Names.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Indo-European

Written In: English (eng)

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