The Atlas of Unusual Languages: An exploration of language, people and geography

The Atlas of Unusual Languages: An exploration of language, people and geography

Zoran Nikolic, Collins Books

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We communicate through the spoken and written word and language has evolved over the centuries. Many languages have survived although only in small pockets throughout the world. This book explores a selection of those languages.

Did you know that some people believe that the speakers of Burushaski, the language of a distant valley below the Himalayas, are actually the descendants of the soldiers of Alexander the Great? And that, even though the Venetian language is not official in Venice, it is spoken in several locations in Latin America?

From ‘language isolates’ such as Basque, spoken in Spain and France, and Ainu in Japan and Russia, to language islands including a Welsh speaking colony in Argentina–discover how geography shapes communication and societies.

What can we learn from the existence of Gutnish, a dialect of the extinct Eastern Germanic Gothic, on several islands of the Baltic Sea? And how widely spoken is Cornish? These and many more intriguing linguistic questions are answered in this absorbing exploration of lesser known languages.


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Zoran Nikolic:

Born in an area of constant political change in what was once Yugoslavia and is now Serbia. Zoran Nikolic saw the impact political change had on people’s daily lives. This interest in geography extended outside Eastern Europe and became a lifetime fascination with political geography.
His first book, The Atlas of Unusual Borders, was shortlisted in 2019 for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards.

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Born in an area of constant political change in what was once Yugoslavia and is now Serbia. Zoran Nikolic saw the impact political change had on people’s daily lives. This interest in geography extended outside Eastern Europe and became a lifetime fascination with political geography.
His first book, The Atlas of Unusual Borders, was shortlisted in 2019 for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards.

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