Language Visible: Unraveling the Mystery of the Alphabet by David Sacks

By David Sacks

Letters are tangible language. becoming a member of jointly in unending mixtures to really express speech, letters show our messages and inform our tales. whereas we come across those tiny shapes thousands of instances an afternoon, we take without any consideration the lengthy, interesting background in the back of essentially the most basic of human innovations -- the alphabet.

the center of the booklet is the 26 fact-filled “biographies” of letters A via Z, every one selecting the letter’s specific value for contemporary readers, tracing its improvement from old types, and discussing its noteworthy function in literature and different media. We study, for instance, why the letter X has a sinister and sexual air of mystery, how B got here to suggest moment most sensible, why the note “mother” in lots of languages starts off with M, and what's the tale of O.

choked with info and lavishly illustrated, Language Visible isn't just obtainable and unique, yet crucial to the appreciation of our personal language.

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During the 1970s, however, the problem of meeting these credit obligations mounted. $24 billion, or nearly $1,000 for every Yugoslav. An adequate response to the economic crisis was made more difficult by Yugoslavia’s political system. In spite of the much-heralded moves toward “market socialism,” there were appreciable rigidities within an economic system that was still largely politicized. There were built-in pressures in particular toward inflation and low productivity that were rooted in large measure in the distinctive system known as workers’ self-management.

2,480, which placed it on a par with or ahead of most of its Eastern and Central European neighbors, such as Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, and Romania. This level of economic development was on a par with other “upper-middle-income countries” such as Argentina, Brazil, Portugal, and South Korea. As significant as Yugoslavia’s relative success in economic terms was the fact that, in comparison Page xiii with other “real socialist” states, its citizens enjoyed the benefits of openness at a variety of levels.

He has published widely in journals and edited volumes on these subjects. His own most recent book, Romania after Ceausescu: The Politics of Intolerance (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1995) has now been updated in translation and published in Romania. Page xix Nikolaos M. Glinias was born and lives in Crete. He holds degrees from Syracuse University, and as a doctoral candidate at the University of Bradford he is currently pursuing research into the military dimension of the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, in addition to his interest in relations between Yugoslavia’s successor states and Greece.

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