Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing: Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language, Daniel Tammet
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Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing: Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language

Author: Daniel Tammet

Narrator: Daniel Tammet

Unabridged: 10 hr 28 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Hachette Audio

Published: 09/12/2017

Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines - Linguistics - Psycholinguistics

Synopsis

A mind-expanding, deeply humane tour of language by the bestselling author of Born on a Blue Day and Thinking in Numbers.Is vocabulary destiny? Why do clocks "talk" to the Nahua people of Mexico? Will A.I. researchers ever produce true human-machine dialogue? In this mesmerizing collection of essays, Daniel Tammet answers these and many other questions about the intricacy and profound power of language. In Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing, Tammet goes back in time to London to explore the numeric language of his autistic childhood; in Iceland, he learns why the name BlA¦r became a court case; in Canada, he meets one of the world's most accomplished lip readers. He chats with chatbots; contrives an "e"-less essay on lipograms; studies the grammar of the telephone; contemplates the significance of disappearing dialects; and corresponds with native Esperanto speakers - in their mother tongue. A joyous romp through the world of words, letters, stories, and meanings, Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing explores the way communication shapes reality. From the art of translation to the lyricism of sign language, these essays display the stunning range of Tammet's literary and polyglot talents.

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