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A fascinating brief journey through the major global languages
30 December 2018
This is probably one of the most interesting books I've read in a long time.
It has the information you'd expect in a text about languages: what makes them unique, what they share with others, which bits are easy / tough to learn, general interesting stats ... but also details about their histories and the sociopolitical landscape they evolved in.
Covering 20 languages in 340 pages means that you're not going to get every detail about any of them but, each chapter provides a good introduction to one of the world's most widely spoken languages and how it fits into the wider global language family.
A couple of sections are presented as a dialogue which feels a bit odd in the context of the rest of the book. These are only short though and the information in them, no less interesting.
I kept finding interesting details that I wanted to research further or discuss with other people. That, for me, is the sign of a great popular non-fiction book.