The Atlas of Unusual Languages: Discover intriguing linguistic oddities and language islands

The Atlas of Unusual Languages: Discover intriguing linguistic oddities and language islands

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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 and some that have now been lost forever.

Selection of languages included;

ISLANDS OF LANGUAGE ISOLATES
- Basque language, Spain/France
- Ainu, Japan/Russia
- Burushaski, Pakistan
- Huave language, Mexico
INDO-EUROPEAN LANGUAGE ISLANDS
- Cucer-Sandevo; Selemlija, N. Macedoniae
- Trinidadian French Creole, Trinidad & Tobago
- Y Wladfa, a Welsh colony in Argentina
- Cornish language
- Vakifli, Turkey
- Bolze language of Switzerland
NON-IE LANGUAGE ISLANDS IN EUROPE
- Ugric languages
- Gagauz language
- Kalmyk Oirat language
LANGUAGE ISLANDS AROUND THE WORLD
- Yele language, Rossel Island, Papua New Guinea
- Formosan languages
- Kumzari language, Oman
“WEIRD” LANGUAGES
- Polari language, UK
- Shelta traveller language of Ireland
EXTINCT LANGUAGE ISLANDS
- Sumerian language
- Potato Germans in Denmark
- Crimean Gothic

These and many more instances are captured in this fascinating book full of strange language intrigue.