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The Languages of Native North America (Cambridge Language Surveys) 0th Edition
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A few minutes with this book will suggest to the reader who takes an interest in these things that Klingon is a profound failure. Here we have a record of people here on Earth who have created alternative linguistic structures that are even more unfamiliar to English speakers. This book will open your mind to the astonishing variety of ways human verbal communication can be categorised and organised. We have languages with no clear distinction between nouns and verbs, and languages that can give tense and conditionality to adjectives. We have languages that use different pronouns for a 'we' that includes the person being addressed, and a 'we' that excludes that person.
For a reader with interests in these matters, this will be a fascinating, if somewhat dry, read. Your joy at being introduced to this fascinating variety will be tempered, though, by the ever-present elegiac note in these pages. Literally hundreds of these tongues are still spoken only by a handful of aging people; hundreds more have gone silent.
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Dr. Marianne Mithun has done an impressive job of synthesizing the most interesting aspects of the hundreds of languages once spoken in North America. Read morePublished 2 months ago by neil walker
It is an excellent factual resource, as well as a source of by-product fantasy.Published 10 months ago by Victor E. Medrano
Being a foreign languageaphile, I really enjoy this book. It gives
all sorts of information about the different languages of Native North
America and their relationship... Read more