Categorie: Engleza
Data adăugării: 09.10.2011
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Notă: 8 / 10 - 1 vot

Like the old joke about london buses, you wait for ages and then three come along at once. this is suddenly the season for books on language development and change. this work covers some of the same ground as john mcwhorters book i reviewed last week and another book on a related theme will be reviewed next month.
this one could not be more different in style to the last it is as formal and european as john mcwhorters was informal and american the author, tore janson, is a distinguished swedish linguist who retired last year from his post as professor of african languages at gteborg university. by formal, i dont mean incomprehensibly academic - prof janson writes in a clear, logical and accessible way. but he doesnt add the personal asides or pop-cultural references that john mcwhorter does. he is also more cautious in his assessments and conclusions. dont be deceived by the small format, the catchy title, or the attractive cover with its detail from a picture by manet - this is...

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