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Biting the Wax Tadpole

Confessions of a Language Fanatic

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This edition was published in by Melville House Publishing

Written in English

180 pages

What can Johnny Cash's lyrics teach us about the little-known Tangut dialect? Is 'tabernacle' really a swear word in Quebecois? Which language has absolutely no verbs? What is Earth's politest insult? And what is biting the wax tadpole actually a translation of?Prepare for a hilarious rollercoaster ride through hundreds of well-known, obscure, difficult, dead and even made-up languages. Elizabeth Little has waded through innumerable verb tables in every available mood and tense, untangled up to eighteen cases of noun, and wrestled with all kinds of complicated adjective, participles and glottal stops to bring you the best and most bizarre quirks of the ways people communicate all around the globe.From the language that has no different word for 'blue' or 'green', to why Icelanders need official permission to name their children, from what makes a Korean TV hit to what people might think you're saying if you order eggs in Spain, Biting the Wax Tadpole will ensure you're never lost for words again.Coca-Cola, would you believe it?

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Biting the Wax Tadpole
2010, Penguin Group UK
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Biting the wax tadpole: confessions of a language fanatic
2008, Spiegel & Grau
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Biting the Wax Tadpole: Confessions of a Language Fanatic
November 20, 2007, Melville House Publishing
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What can Johnny Cash's lyrics teach us about the little-known Tangut dialect? Is 'tabernacle' really a swear word in Quebecois? Which language has absolutely no verbs? What is Earth's politest insult? And what is biting the wax tadpole actually a translation of?Prepare for a hilarious rollercoaster ride through hundreds of well-known, obscure, difficult, dead and even made-up languages. Elizabeth Little has waded through innumerable verb tables in every available mood and tense, untangled up to eighteen cases of noun, and wrestled with all kinds of complicated adjective, participles and glottal stops to bring you the best and most bizarre quirks of the ways people communicate all around the globe.From the language that has no different word for 'blue' or 'green', to why Icelanders need official permission to name their children, from what makes a Korean TV hit to what people might think you're saying if you order eggs in Spain, Biting the Wax Tadpole will ensure you're never lost for words again.Coca-Cola, would you believe it?

Biting the Wax Tadpole

Confessions of a Language Fanatic

This edition was published in by Melville House Publishing


Classifications

Library of Congress
P107 .L576 2007

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Number of pages
180
Dimensions
7.8 x 7 x 0.9 inches
Weight
15.2 ounces

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL12338973M
ISBN 10
1933633336
ISBN 13
9781933633336
LC Control Number
2007051771
OCLC/WorldCat
180775066
Library Thing
4052443
Goodreads
2025987

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