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Every word is a bird we teach to sing : encounters with the mysteries and meanings of language

Author: Daniel Tammet
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Named Person: Daniel Tammet; Daniel Tammet
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Tammet
ISBN: 9780316510141 0316510149 9780316353069 031635306X
OCLC Number: 1002658598
Notes: Electronic book.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Finding my voice --
The language teacher --
You are what you say --
A poet savant --
Cuecueiuca --
A clockwork language --
The man who was Friday --
Icelandic names --
Dead man talking --
An Englishman at l'Académie Française --
OuLiPo --
Talking hands --
Translating faithfully --
A grammar of the telephone --
Conversational human.
Responsibility: Daniel Tammet.

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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 Blaer 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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