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Babel English Is The World Language, Except That Most Of The World Doesn T Speak It Only One In Five People Does Dorren Calculates That To Speak Fluently With Half Of The World S 7.4 Billion People In Their Mother Tongues, You Would Need To Know No Fewer Than Twenty Languages He Sets Out To Explore These Top Twenty World Languages, Which Range From The Familiar French, Spanish To The Surprising Malay, Javanese, Bengali Babel Whisks The Reader On A Delightful Journey To Every Continent Of The World, Tracing How These World Languages Rose To Greatness While Others Fell Away And Showing How Speakers Today Handle The Foibles Of Their Mother Tongues Whether Showcasing Tongue Tying Phonetics Or Elegant But Complicated Writing Scripts, And Mind Bending Quirks Of Grammar, Babel Vividly Illustrates That Mother Tongues Are Like Nations Each Has Its Own Customs And Beliefs That Seem As Self Evident To Those Born Into It As They Are Surprising To The Outside World Among Many Other Things, Babel Will Teach You Why Modern Turks Can T Read Books That Are A Mere 75 Years Old, What It Means In Practice For Russian And English To Be Relatives, And How Japanese Developed Separate Dialects For Men And Women Dorren Lets You In On His Personal Trials And Triumphs While Studying Vietnamese In Hanoi, Debunks Ten Widespread Myths About Chinese Characters, And Discovers That Swahili Became The Lingua Franca In A Part Of The World Where People Routinely Speak Three Or Languages Witty, Fascinating And Utterly Compelling, Babel Will Change The Way You Look At And Listen To The World And How It Speaks.

  • Hardcover
  • 361 pages
  • Babel
  • Gaston Dorren
  • 22 November 2019
  • 9780802128799

About the Author: Gaston Dorren

Having started to talk before I could walk, I remember my pre schooler s frustration at being unable to read In my teens and later, I learnt a handful of languages sort of well I ve dabbled in many others since.In recent years, I ve published several books about language and linguistics, in both English and Dutch Lingo 2014 , about the languages of Europe also available in Dutch Lingua , Ge

10 thoughts on “Babel

  1. says:

    Babel is an ambitious undertaking by linguist Gaston Dorren to explore the top twenty languages spoken in the world from the 20 to 1 spoken language in which this review is written As a native English speaker who has difficulty becoming than monolingual, I enjoyed learning new things about the history and grammar of these different languages However, I felt that at some time the book became too technical about linguistics and at other times would go off on tangents...

  2. says:

    Babel was supposed to be a great linguistic adventure Around the world in 30 languages Sounds exciting, doesn t it And I do have a serious interest in linguistics, so it seemed right up my alley Until it wasn t At least, not quite what was expected It s a literary equivalent of meeting someone at a party and they tell you they are really into books and you re really into books so you think you ll have this awesome stimulating conversation, but turns out what really gets them going is fonts and paper They are talking about what you both love, but not quite about the main things you love about it Much like this book.Technically it does deliver, the author presents 20 chapters for 20 most popular languages in the world, culminating, of course, with the modern lingua franca English and some meditative contemplation of the future of it and future of sharing a language in general, since quite possibly the need is going to be taken care of with the translation gadgets soon enough The language chapters varied very much in tone and context, it seemed like the author was trying to find a different approach each time, but it did create a certain lack of uniformity What was uniform throughout is his attention to peculiar details and minute quirks of grammar and syntax as oppose to spending time on the cultural and historical aspects of the specific languages He did cover both, but in the proportions I was hoping for And he did try to infuse the narrati...

  3. says:

    Ahoy there me mateys I received this non fiction eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review So here be me honest musings .Even though English is the world language, the fact of the matter is that most of the world doesn t speak it This book explores the idea that to speak fluently with half of the people in the world, ye would need to speak 20 languages This book set out to explore those 20.The concept of this book be fascinating The execution was sadly not to me taste Part of the problem is that the book didn t feel like a cohesive whole The chapters varied in style and focus There were often long tangents, that while interesting, made following the arguments being made difficult Other parts went into details of linguistics which were frankly over me head In addition, the review copy that I received was missing dates and figures.I do believe that the author was enthusiastic and I did find many of the facts, like the f...

  4. says:

    This book was fun 3.5 stars Great introduction for those curious abt linguistics but don t want to commit to a weightier text Nice short chapters abt 20 most spoken languages, and each chapter follows a different theme, some hokier than others

  5. says:

    Finished reading November 25th 2018 A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Atlantic Monthly Press in exchange for an honest review Thank you view spoiler Some of you might already know I m actually a philologist and linguistics has always been one of my favorite areas of study Therefore I thought Babel would be perfect for me I mean, traveling the world through twenty languages that together can make you communicate with at least half of the world population Sounds like pretty much a dream topic for philologists to me Sadly, this book failed to hit the mark completely for me There were a lot of editing errors in my ARC copy, with not only spelling errors and words stuck together without hitting the space bar, but also critical ones like all the missing numbers and facts that haven t been incorporated yet hopefully they will in the future This made it a lot harder to read and slowed down the pace considerably Also, I felt I was missing out by not having all the fun facts, numbers and comparisons Editing issues aside, I had also problems with the writing style in general Both the tone and style of each chapter seemed to vary considerably and simply didn t feel consistent to me From a memoir style approach to an informal interview style and a history lesson I just didn t feel I was getting to know each language equally No...

  6. says:

    I was excited to be reading this book It introduced many linguistic concepts with which I was not familiar from differences in writing systems, scripts, tonality and so on it prompted sporadic research that admittedly didn t go further a Wikipedia page on interesting topics and above all reminded how diverse and infinitely rich our common human heritage of language is.I liked it that the book was written as neither a grammar book with an overview of all languages grammar structure, nor as a history textbook, interweaving history and linguistics.Each chapter was an individual endeavour and highlighted the aspects that neither of the two previous book concepts would have done For example, while in Farsi chapter I had a pleasure of learning the rise and development of Persian Empire, in the Bengali one I got a good albeit brief introduction to script systems While in Arabic and Japanese chapters I learnt about different writing systems, the French chapter provided of a socio cultural aspect of the language Truth be told, I found some chapters being charged with a task that proved to be than they could chew In the Portuguese one...

  7. says:

    Books about English language, such as those by John McWhorter and David Crystal are some of my favorites, and I also like the deep dive into other languages, such as the books about French and Spanish by Julie Barlow and Jean Benoit Nadeau Then there s the books that dip a toe into many languages, such as this one by Gaston Dorren Babel looks at the twenty languages that are spoken by the most people in the world Dorren starts with some statistics to get you grounded, how many native speakers, where spoken, etc., and then takes off on whatever interests him most about that language He discusses his difficulties in learning to speak Vietnamese, talks about how Japanese is spoken differently by men and women, looks at the history of the written Turkish language and how politics is inextricably linked to its development It s just fascinating and it touches on many topics Even if you aren t interest...

  8. says:

    If you love words, you ll love this, and if you love languages, then you ll love it even Dorren takes the 20 languages with the most speakers out of the estimated 6000 languages that exist in the world today and explores their origins and peculiarities The expected ones are of course English, Arabic and Mandarin, but Tamil and Javanese are include...

  9. says:

    I was a huge fan of Dorren s first book, Lingo, and this one does not disappoint Each chapter explores a concept related to one of the Babel languages, twenty languages one would have to know to speak to half the world Each chapter is different from the last, covering a wide variety of subjects from the history and politics of the la...

  10. says:

    I very much enjoyed Lingo Dorren s tour through 60 languages of Europe and so was definitely looking forward to Babel, where Dorren does a deep dive into the 20 most spoken languages of the world What s nice about Dorren s writing is the way he constructs each chapter to serve the point he wants to make in the chapter, one might be a QA, another a history of the region, another a recounting of his attempt to learn a serviceable amount...

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