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'Language is a puzzle, so this compendium of language puzzles is a great idea; and the great thing about puzzles is they give us problems that we didn't even know were problems.' - Michael Rosen The Language Lover's Puzzle Book is a book of more than 100 surprising and entertaining puzzles that celebrate the amazing diversity of the world of words and language. Featuring a huge variety of ancient, modern and even invented languages, this collection of problems will introduce you to unusual alphabets and scripts, curious vocabularies and phonologies, and global variations in simple behaviours like counting, telling the time, and naming children. Whether you are a crossword solver, a code-breaker or a Scrabble addict, these puzzles are guaranteed to twist your tongue and sharpen your mind. 'A cornucopia of ingenious and insightful challenges, each with a bonus commentary about the fascinating diversity of the world's languages, all presented in a friendly and engaging style. The title is exactly right. It's the perfect companion for anyone who loves puzzles and languages.' - David Crystal, author of The Stories of English

 

Details

ISBN: 9781783352180
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Edition: Main
Publication Date: 5 Nov 2020
Publisher: Guardian Faber Publishing
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 23.4(H) x 15.3(L) x 2.9(W)
Weight (gm): 523

 

Author Biography

Alex Bellos is brilliant on all things mathematical. His bestselling, award-winning books include Alex's Adventures in Numberland, Alex Through the Looking-Glass and Can You Solve My Problems?, and have been translated into more than twenty languages. He is also the co-author of two mathematical colouring books and the children's series Football School. His YouTube videos have been seen by more than twenty million people, and he writes a popular maths and puzzle blog for The Guardian. @alexbellos
The Language Lover's Puzzle Book: Lexical perplexities and cracking conundrums from across the globe
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