Eg syns alltid at det er morsomt å lese bøker av Bill Bryson, så no har eg begynt på Mother Tongue : the story of the English language.
Nor are languages any respecters of frontiers. If you drew a map of Europe based on languages it would bear scant resemblance to a conventional map. Switzerland would disappear, becoming part of the surrounding dominions of French, Italian and German but for a few tiny pockets for Romansh (or Romantsch or Rhaeto-Romanic as it is variously called), which is spoken as a native language by about half the people in the Graubünden (or Grisons district – almost everything has two names in Switzerland) at the country’s eastern edge. (s.29)