Monday morsel – Mother tongue by Bill Bryson

I always enjoy reading books by Bill Bryson, and now I’ve started reading “Mother Tongue : the story of the English language”. And here is your morsel:

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. (p.29)

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