Dialect Empire Announces New Acquisitions

After months of behind-the-scenes arm twisting and agonizing negotiation, a series of decisive moves made on the part of The Dialect has brought nearly a dozen new acquisitions under their sole proprietorship.  Nervous insiders describe the transferred materials as “a frightening  arsenal of linguistic technology.”  While official statements from the now-infamous online language website blog dismiss these moves as ‘utilitarian’ and ‘inconsequential’, there is reason to believe that unilateral domination of the language world remains the covert objective.

Below is a summary of the materials named in official Dialect press releases.  That there are only eight named-technologies out of the “dozen” anounced by The Dialect is no cause for concern, says a spokesperson for the blog.  Attached to each item below are relevant data indicating the threat posed.

Bemba – English Hippocrene Concise Dictionary, Rev. E. Hoch, 1960  – Zambian language in Roman script. 1.5 million adherents.  Awesome.  Acquired for <3USD.

Contemporary Czech, Michael Heim, 1982 – Full grammatical course with sample dialogues.  Rules.  Acquired for ~2USD

(Teach Yourself) Esperanto: A Complete Course for Beginners, Cresswell, Hartley, & Sullivan ,1992 – Precisely what was needed for operations in Invented Langauge Territory.  Full course.  Kicks ass.  Acquired for ~4USD.

(The Everything) Speaking Mandarin Chinese Book, John-Francis Grasso, 2007 – Total find.  Audio CD included.  Acquired new for <3USD! 

Hawaiian Names, English Names, Eileen M. Root, 1987 – Gives origins and meaning of names and their equivalent in the other language.  A little silly.  Not integral to operations.  Still neat.  Acquired for ~1USD.

Papago & Pima – English (O’othham – Mil-gahn) Dictionary, Dean & Lucille Saxton, 1969 – O’odham was requisite.  Never seen before or since.  Full grammar, charts, profusely illustrated but a little out-dated.  Rules nevertheless.  Acquired for ~9USD.

(Lonely Planet) Quechua Phrasebook: The Language of the Andes, Serafin M. Coronel-Molina, 2002  – Modern day pocket guide to the family of ancient languages adopted by the Incas.  Spoken in six countries.  Very cool find.  Acquired for <5USD.

Yoeme – English Standard Dictionary: A Language of the Yaqui Tribe in the American Southwest and Northern Mexico, Shaul, Valenzuela, & Molina, 1999 – Another WMD.  Seems very current and ‘with it.’  Acquired for ~9USD.



  1. oliver said,

    April 15, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    The Quechua phrasebook looks pretty impressive. Good find!

    I used Teach Yourself Esperanto when I was a ‘novbakita’ Esperantist and it was really useful. It’s well presented and manages to stay fairly interesting. Enjoy!

  2. thedialect said,

    April 25, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Yes, thanks for your comment. These are all WWMDs! Got a few more today too. Farsi, Portuguese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, and Russian!

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