Field linguist and polyglot, Nicolas Tournadre proposes in this book a general reflection on language in general and on the diversity and difficulty of languages, illustrated with numerous striking examples.
“This book, dedicated to the achievements of the genius of human societies facing the need of creating themselves means of communication, generates a burst of contagious passion. We think that this book should meet a large readership amongst inquiring minds and arouse interest of many others.” (Excerpt from the preface by Claude Hagège).
Nicolas Tournadre teaches linguistics at the University of Aix-Marseille. Specialized in Tibetic languages, he has been carrying out research on those languages on the high Tibetan plateau, in Himalaya, Karakoram, China, India, Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan since 1986. Polyglot, he knows around twenty languages out of eight language families (Italic, Germanic, Slavic, Indo-Iranian, Tibeto-Burman, Sinitic, Semitic, and French sign language).