Speak A Short History of Languages This book is a history of human speech from prehistory to the present It charts the rise of some languages and the fall of others explaining why some survive and others die It shows how languages cha

  • Title: Speak: A Short History of Languages
  • Author: Tore Janson
  • ISBN: 9780199263417
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book is a history of human speech from prehistory to the present It charts the rise of some languages and the fall of others, explaining why some survive and others die It shows how languages change their sounds and meanings, and how the history of languages is closely linked to the history of peoples Writing in a lively, readable style, distinguished Swedish schoThis book is a history of human speech from prehistory to the present It charts the rise of some languages and the fall of others, explaining why some survive and others die It shows how languages change their sounds and meanings, and how the history of languages is closely linked to the history of peoples Writing in a lively, readable style, distinguished Swedish scholar Tore Janson makes no assumptions about previous knowledge He takes the reader on a voyage of exploration through the changing patterns of the world s languages, from ancient China to ancient Egypt, imperial Rome to imperial Britain, Sappho s Lesbos to contemporary Africa He discovers the links between the histories of societies and their languages he shows how language evolved from primitive calls he considers the question of whether one language can be advanced than another The author describes the history of writing and the impact of changing technology He ends by assessing the prospects for English world domination and predicting the languages of the distant future Five historical maps illustrate this fascinating history of our defining characteristic and most valuable asset.

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    1. Tore Janson says:

      Tore Janson is a Swedish linguist and professor Janson was professor of Latin at the University of Gothenburg, and later became professor of African languages at the same alma mater He retired in 2001, but has since been affiliated with the University of Stockholm.He devoted much of his time and publishing activities to the way how languages change as well as to the relationship between language and society.



    2 thoughts on “Speak: A Short History of Languages

    1. Страхотна книга. Представя езика като жив организъм със своя хилядолетна, че даже многомилионна, история. Книгата си е чисто научна, но изключително разбираемо и леко написана. Торе Янсон има изумителна дарба да пише увлекателно научна материя. Езиците се превръщат в твой [...]

    2. Тази книга не предлага никакъв флирт с читателя. Не очаквайте информацията да е гарнирана с интересни историйки, които да ви забавляват! "Кратка история на езиците" е строго научен и старомоден (в хубавия смисъл) преглед на известното на науката до този момент. До голяма сте [...]

    3. Denne boken burde ha hett Latin og Historie: Latinens fødsel, livsløp, død og ettermæle i europeisk historie, eller Latinens historie: En [relativt] komplett historie om latinens [og greskens] utvikling gjennom tidene, da «språk» ser ut til å bety hovedsaklig latin og gresk, og «historie» vil si europeisk historie, eller historie sett i særdeleshet med europeiske øyne. 70% av innholdet i denne boka forholder seg til enten gresk, latin eller Europa.Først av alt er denne boka forferde [...]

    4. The title is somewhat misleading; the book is a "A Short History of EUROPEAN Languages". Other languages are only mentioned in passing and for the sole purpose of establishing connections or development patterns for the major European languages discussed.Also, it could have been even shorter, since the author repeats himself quite often in some chapters.All in all it was a very interesting introduction to linguistics for me. I definitely want to read more about the subject. But it was neither th [...]

    5. I picked this book for the purposes of getting myself ready for a historical linguistics course I'm taking next semester. I was gearing myself up for a dense read, but to my surprise, "Speak: A Short History of Languages" knocked me out and further quenched my curiosity for linguistics. It's an easy enough read for those without a background in linguistics, but has a profound depth for those who want to deepen their studies in language, human evolution and linguistics.Aside from the historical o [...]

    6. Etwas fluffig insgesamt, der Leser wird keinesfalls durch eine zu hohe Informationsdichte überfordert, und damit auch der letzte Depp versteht, was der Autor sagen will, wird gerne mal was zweimal gesagt.

    7. This is a nice introductory book to language history and it´s evolution. Its easy to read and, through the examples in the book, you get a hint of how languages arise and vanish and how they are related to the events in the history of the speaking culture and their identity.

    8. Ein sehr gutes Buch um den Einstieg in die Geschichte der Sprachen zu schaffen und einen groben Überblick zu bekommen!

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