Celebrating the World's Languages (2013)


Right now, about 7,000 language are spoken on Planet Earth.  However linguists believe that at one time at least 140,000 languages have been spoken at some time.  The topic of language extinction is only one of the fascinating topics covered in this fun informational text for older elementary age students.  Did you know that some languages don't even have a word for blue?  Others, like Russian, have words that sound nothing alike for the different shades of blue.  The book also talks about how words come into existence:  Shakespeare came up with the phrase "the world is my oyster". Technological developments have forced new words to be invented.  Sometimes we'll borrow words from other languages, blend two words into one, or make acronyms.  The people who write dictionaries will wait several years before adding a new word to the dictionary, to make sure that the word isn't just a fad.  Another fun part of the book talks about invented languages, like Klingon.  Did you know there are more than 20 people in the world who speak Klingon fluently?!  If you like words and playing with language, this is the book for you! 

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