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American Languages And Why We Should Study Them

Author: Daniel G Brinton
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ISBN: 9781726117708
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American Languages, and Why We Should Study Them By Daniel G. Brinton We might hope this sense was confined to the lower animals; but not so. Change the accent from the first to the second syllable, ni ́hillan, to nihil ́lan, and you have the animate active verb with an intensive force, which signifies "to beat to death," "to kill some person;" and from this, by another suffix, you have nihil ́lowen, to murder, and nihil ́lowet, murderer. The bad sense of the root is here pushed to its uttermost.

Empires Of The Word

Author: Nicholas Ostler
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062047359
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Nicholas Ostler's Empires of the Word is the first history of the world's great tongues, gloriously celebrating the wonder of words that binds communities together and makes possible both the living of a common history and the telling of it. From the uncanny resilience of Chinese through twenty centuries of invasions to the engaging self-regard of Greek and to the struggles that gave birth to the languages of modern Europe, these epic achievements and more are brilliantly explored, as are the fascinating failures of once "universal" languages. A splendid, authoritative, and remarkable work, it demonstrates how the language history of the world eloquently reveals the real character of our planet's diverse peoples and prepares us for a linguistic future full of surprises.

Fluent In 3 Months

Author: Benny Lewis
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062282700
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Benny Lewis, who speaks over ten languages—all self-taught—runs the largest language-learning blog in the world, Fluent In 3 Months. Lewis is a full-time "language hacker," someone who devotes all of his time to finding better, faster, and more efficient ways to learn languages. Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World is a new blueprint for fast language learning. Lewis argues that you don't need a great memory or "the language gene" to learn a language quickly, and debunks a number of long-held beliefs, such as adults not being as good of language learners as children.