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Don't Believe A Word : From Myths to Misunderstandings - How Language Really Works

Don't Believe A Word : From Myths to Misunderstandings - How Language Really Works

Publisher : Orion Publishing Co
SKU: 9781474608459
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A mind-boggling journey through the phenomenon of language, busting nine common myths about humanity's greatest achievement - 'Wonderful' STEPHEN FRY
September, 2020
THINK YOU KNOW LANGUAGE? THINK AGAIN A word's origin doesn't tell you what it means today There are languages that change when your mother-in-law is present Mistakes don't undermine English, they lay its foundations The language you speak could make you more prone to accidents 'Untranslatable' words are usually anything but There's a special part of the brain that produces swear words The truth is so much more interesting than the rumours . . . Over the past few decades, we have reached new frontiers of linguistic knowledge. Linguists can now explain how and why language changes, describe its structures, and map its activity in the brain. But most of us know as much about language today as we did about physics before Galileo, and the little we know is still largely based on folklore, instinct or hearsay. In DON'T BELIEVE A WORD linguist David Shariatmadari takes us on a mind-boggling journey through the science of language, urging us to abandon our prejudices in a bid to uncover the (far more interesting) truth about what we do with words. Exploding nine widely-held myths about language while introducing us to some of the fundamental insights of modern linguistics, David Shariatmadari is an energetic guide to the beauty and quirkiness of humanity's greatest achievement.
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ISBN13 9781474608459
Publisher Orion Publishing Co
Contributor By (author) David Shariatmadari
Publication Date 2020-08-20
Language English
Format Paperback / softback
Pages 336
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 198 X 129 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 500
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THINK YOU KNOW LANGUAGE? THINK AGAIN A word's origin doesn't tell you what it means today There are languages that change when your mother-in-law is present Mistakes don't undermine English, they lay its foundations The language you speak could make you more prone to accidents 'Untranslatable' words are usually anything but There's a special part of the brain that produces swear words The truth is so much more interesting than the rumours . . . Over the past few decades, we have reached new frontiers of linguistic knowledge. Linguists can now explain how and why language changes, describe its structures, and map its activity in the brain. But most of us know as much about language today as we did about physics before Galileo, and the little we know is still largely based on folklore, instinct or hearsay. In DON'T BELIEVE A WORD linguist David Shariatmadari takes us on a mind-boggling journey through the science of language, urging us to abandon our prejudices in a bid to uncover the (far more interesting) truth about what we do with words. Exploding nine widely-held myths about language while introducing us to some of the fundamental insights of modern linguistics, David Shariatmadari is an energetic guide to the beauty and quirkiness of humanity's greatest achievement.
Products specifications
ISBN13 9781474608459
Publisher Orion Publishing Co
Contributor By (author) David Shariatmadari
Publication Date 2020-08-20
Language English
Format Paperback / softback
Pages 336
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 198 X 129 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 500
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