Titel: Biting the Wax Tadpole: Confessions of a ...
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"Charming anecdotes, witty sidebars, attractive illustrations.... Little’s strong sense of humor never overwhelms her love of languages in this fascinating yet educational introduction to linguistics for a wide, pop-savvy audience.” – Publishers Weekly
“A delightful language scrapbook – the deliberately disjointed diary of a language lover.” – Chicago Tribune
“A tour of all the quirk and queerness to be found among the world's many dialects ... her meandering, highly-readable riffs on Finnish prepositions and Incan counting systems manage to be funny, earnest, and not funny because of their earnestness – something of a feat for a book that could be used as a grammar primer.” – The Onion A.V. Club
“A wrap-worthy language book. A multilingual voyage, exploring the ‘quirks, innovations, and implausibilities’ of the world's languages.” – Boston Globe
"This is a fun book for grammar and pop-culture lovers alike. Little provides grammar basics and little-known facts by incorporating stories of her travels, Star Wars, Dr. Seuss and other familiar icons. It's both a breezy read and a useful resource.” – Pop Candy, USAToday.com
“[A] quirky, funny, intelligent little book ... complete with amusing illustrations. Little has packed her work chock-full of the world’s tantalizing linguistic nuggets.” – Newsday
"It's clear that Elizabeth Little's omnivorous curiosity has suited her well... This short, neon-colored book walks readers through categories that on paper should seem dry, from pronouns to numbers, spicing everything up with cultural comparisons.” - The Newark Star-Ledger
"[A] feisty romp through the world's languages.” - Rob Kyff, The Word Guy
“Witty, sassy, and laugh-out-loud funny. Little convincingly demonstrates that, as she puts it, 'language is nothing less than a great adventure.' So is her book.” – Kitty Burns Florey, author of Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog
"If you like language, you'll love Biting the Wax Tadpole. Elizabeth Little has mused on, used, and even misused many of the planet's languages, and this fascinating and often hilarious book gives a full account of her adventures.” – Ben Greenman, author of A Circle is a Balloon and Compass Both and Superbad
Elizabeth Little is a writer and editor living in New York City. She has worked as a literary agent and as a writer and editor for the travel guide Let's Go: China, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times. This is her first book.From the Inside Flap:
"Biting the Wax Tadpole is nothing short of fascinating. In a funny, friendly style, Little dishes on everything you ever wanted to know about foreign languages but were afraid it would take an entire lifetime to find out." -June Casagrande, author of Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies
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