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The Loom of Language

Bodmer, Frederick; Hogben, Lancelot

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ISBN 10: 085036275X / ISBN 13: 9780850362756
Published by The Merlin Press Ltd, U.S.A., 1981
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Not ex-library book. 669 pages. Light rubbing and soiling of edges. Price sticker on back of front cover. Clean text, tight binding. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 034150

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Title: The Loom of Language

Publisher: The Merlin Press Ltd, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1981

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: None

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Here is an informative introduction to language: its origins in the past, its growth through history, and its present use for communication between peoples.

It is at the same time a history of language, a guide to foreign tongues, and a method for learning them. It shows, through basic vocabularies, family resemblances of languages―Teutonic, Romance, Greek―helpful tricks of translation, key combinations of roots and phonetic patterns. It presents by common-sense methods the most helpful approach to the mastery of many languages; it condenses vocabulary to a minimum of essential words; it simplifies grammar in an entirely new way; and it teaches a languages as it is actually used in everyday life.

But this book is more than a guide to foreign languages; it goes deep into the roots of all knowledge as it explores the history of speech. It lights up the dim pathways of prehistory and unfolds the story of the slow growth of human expression from the most primitive signs and sounds to the elaborate variations of the highest cultures. Without language no knowledge would be possible; here we see how language is at once the source and the reservoir of all we know.

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Frederick Bodmer is a distinguished Swiss philologist.

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