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Biting the Wax Tadpole: Confessions of a Language Fanatic
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Little, Elizabeth

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Biting the Wax Tadpole: Confessions of a Language Fanatic

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In this delightful language scrapbook ("Chicago Tribune"), Grammar fanatic Little delivers an irresistible field guide to the hilarious and sometimes unbelievable quirks and oddities that abound in the world's languages.

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780385527743
ISBN (ISBN-10): 0385527748
Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsjahr: 2008
Herausgeber: Spiegel & Grau
186 Seiten
Gewicht: 0,340 kg
Sprache: eng/Englisch

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