The Loom of Language: An Approach to the Mastery of Many Languages

The Loom of Language An Approach to the Mastery of Many Languages 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

  • Title: The Loom of Language: An Approach to the Mastery of Many Languages
  • Author: Frederick Bodmer
  • ISBN: 9780393300345
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 languageIt 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 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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    1. This book is a product of its time. The author was multilingual but not a linguist. The book was written right after WWII. The author's purpose was to aid people to be able to communicate with each other so that understanding between people would contribute to the prevention of future wars.The book contains essays about the Latin and Greek origins of European words. He discusses Romance and Germanic languages. He describes trends in the syntax and semantics of the language families. Finally, he [...]

    2. There is so much great information in here that it requires repeat readings over several years, especially Part II. (I'm on my first pass.) Consider this book a meta-manual for learning how to learn languages.It is divided into four parts. Part I is a "natural history" of language. Part II covers the "hybrid heritage" of English as a language which straddles the Germanic and Romance branches of the Indo-European language tree. Part III covers language problems and planning movements. Part IV is [...]

    3. If you're interested in a broad overview of languages, not just in studying one of them, then you're going to come across this treasure trove of a book at some stage in your travels.Despite being a bit dated at this stage, it has a modern feel to it due to its practical, no-nonsense approach - Bodmer constantly encourages you to learn short-cuts or heuristics to capitalise on the family resemblances among the different language groups, which many language books fail to do. In fact they rarely ac [...]

    4. Well suited for older people and laymen who are interested in languages and linguistics, but certainly not very technical or scientific. So for me it was nice to have some looks in, but it's not too useful, I'd say.

    5. To be brief, this is an excellent over view of language, specifically the Germanic and Romance groups of the Indo European family. The book is a bit dated and exceptionally Eurocentric in terms of language used and general subject matter, but it is still admirably progressive is certain aspects. It straddles the line between instruction and archive. I recommend it heartily, but with the caveat that one might get more out of it with some time spent with more recent linguistics before diving in. O [...]

    6. This is one of my favorite books. The language-learning strategies are invaluable, and Hogben has a gift for making the history of languages not just tolerably interesting, but page-turning. I come back to this book year after year to read new chapters and refresh myself on those I've already read. I may even have read it all by now. It's hard to say.The only complaint I have about this wonderful book is that it is old and out of date. Almost all of the practical language-learning material is st [...]

    7. Anyone who loves languages simply has to read this book cover to cover. Bodmer manages to present many of the more interesting anecdotes of linguistic lore in a truly accessible fashion, which alone is worth the time of working through this sizable volume.Anyone who loves learning languages will certainly benefit from his practical advice on how to focus on a combination of important vocabulary and how to triangulate from what you already know into a mastery of virtually every major language in [...]

    8. A wonderfully compelling book, when I read it cover to cover in high school. Easy to read, packed with comparative information. Although I've gone much farther in my study of languages and of linguistics, this book will remain dear to my heart forever.

    9. This is too awesome not to own. I guess this is the text that set Sun Ra on his whole freaky language trip? Anyways it's not the kind of book I can't read cover to cover but even a partial reading gives you a much better and more holistic sense of how language works.

    10. I have learned alot from this book, mainly how to go about learning other languages as an adult. It has some awesome tables that compare romance languages & teutonic languages side by side. Definitely a good read if you are a language nerd.

    11. One of those I can't read all at once. Really good, but is really a very dense, term-heavy text book about the structure of language. Honestly, is probably used for language studies majors. Skimmable if you're interested in the topic, so don't let that deter you.

    12. Wow! This book is a fascinating exploration into the history of language and speech. I bought it only yesterday and I am halfway through this 692 page tome.

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