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“Little makes for a perfect tour guide. More than a collection of fascinating linguistic details (though it is that), by the end this book deepens into a full-throated defense of everybody's native tongues, and the right - no, the need - to hang onto them.” ―The Boston Globe
“Fascinating…Little's obvious enthusiasm drives the prose and keeps the information fresh and relevant. Arguing that language heritage is about more than the use of definite articles, Little delivers a revealing lesson in history, culture, prejudice, and privilege.” ―Booklist
“An entertaining and enlightening book from a brainy, foul-mouthed and very funny tour guide.” ―Kirkus Review
“An enchanting journey across the landscape of American language and culture, including everything from Navajo to Norwegian.” ―Publishers Weekly
If you’re interested in learning different languages, or even just a little bit of linguistic history, then this book is for you! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cactus
This one purports to be two things. One is an investigation of languages other than English that have played a role in American history (Native American languages, creoles,... Read morePublished 23 months ago by C. P. Anderson
If you ever wondered about languages, here's one for you. Especially appreciated the information about Native American languages. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Maria
Trip of the Tongue is excellent. Witty, conversational, and very smart, this book really spoke to me. I'm a first generation immigrant and a native New Yorker. Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by O. Kogan
This is a great listen when you are traveling to other countries. The narration was to understand and the facts were very helpful. Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by Someone54
I was really looking forward to learning more about languages. Just the idea of understanding the roots of Gullah was intriguing. Read morePublished on August 8, 2012 by David Liebsch
At the beginning of the last chapter, Little writes, "This is not the book I thought I was going to write. Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by Karen Inda
I love travel narratives. I'm not happy if I haven't read a good travel narrative at least once a month.
I am also fascinated with languages. Read more