Every Word Is A Bird We Teach To Sing: Encounters With The Mysteries And Meanings Of Language by Daniel TammetEvery Word Is A Bird We Teach To Sing: Encounters With The Mysteries And Meanings Of Language by Daniel Tammet

Every Word Is A Bird We Teach To Sing: Encounters With The Mysteries And Meanings Of Language

byDaniel Tammet

Hardcover | September 12, 2017

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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 Blær 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.

Daniel Tammet is an essayist, novelist and translator. He is the author of Thinking in Numbers, Embracing the Wide Sky, and the New York 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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Title:Every Word Is A Bird We Teach To Sing: Encounters With The Mysteries And Meanings Of LanguageFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.88 × 1 inPublished:September 12, 2017Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316353051

ISBN - 13:9780316353052

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"With Einsteinian elegance, Tammet recasts our perceptions of the human experience in this extraordinary collection of essays. His remarkable talent for expression--for enlightening, moving, and transforming his reader--reveals a rare combination of ingenuity and artistry." --David Finch, author of The Journal of Best Practices