Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing

Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing

Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language

by Daniel Tammet

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 28/08/2018

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A mind-expanding, deeply humane tour of language(s) and those who speak, study, and invent them 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 explore the numeric language of his autistic childhood; in Iceland, he learns why the name Bl 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.

ISBN:
9780340961315
9780340961315
Category:
Personal Christian testimony & popular inspirational works
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
28-08-2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
288
Dimensions (mm):
197x130x18mm
Weight:
0.2kg
Daniel Tammet

Daniel Tammet is an essayist, novelist and translator.

He is the author of Thinking in Numbers, Embracing the Wide Sky, and the Sunday Times bestseller Born On A Blue Day.

Tammet is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). He lives in Paris.

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