"A Talk with a Martian" is a recently published picture book written by Professor MAKI Hideki of the Faculty of Regional Studies, Gifu University.
What does human language look like to Martians? Professor Maki Hideki of the Faculty of Regional Studies, Gifu University has authored a picture book titled "A Talk with a Martian - Earth Languages Are Almost All the Same." The book is written in seven languages (Japanese, English, Korean, Chinese, German, Mongolian, and French) and illustrates a heartwarming friendship between a Martian named Takeshi and Kiyoshi, a Japanese boy. Readers from children to adults will be invited into the world of linguistics as they read along. If the following line by the Martian piques your curiosity, you can find out its meaning by reading the book for yourself: "The relationship between English and Japanese is like a 'dried horse mackerel.'"
Although the book takes the form of an easy-to-read picture book, it explicitly showcases many of the "similarities" and "differences" between several human languages, the study of which is considered one of the most challenging subjects in the world of linguistics.
About the Book
A Talk with a Martian - Earth Languages Are Almost All the Same
Author: Professor Maki Hideki, the Faculty of Regional Studies, Gifu University
Illustrator: Ms. Takahashi Yoko
Date of Publication: October 5, 2023
Price: 550 yen (tax included)
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