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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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It is an excellent factual resource, as well as a source of by-product fantasy.Published 15 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
Languages unique to North America are understudied and underappreciated. This book is a major corrective and a valuable resource to anyone interested to the languages spoken by the... Read morePublished on January 27, 2012 by Laura A. Wideburg