Pilgrim in the Palace of Words: A Journey Through the 6,000 Languages of Earth by Glenn Dixon

Pilgrim in the Palace of Words: A Journey Through the 6,000 Languages of Earth

byGlenn Dixon

Paperback | November 23, 2009

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Pilgrim in the Palace of Words is about language, about the words that splash and chatter across our tongues. Some six thousand languages are still spoken on the planet, and author Glenn Dixon - an expert is socio-linguistics and a tireless adventurer - travels to the Earth's four corners to explore the way these languages create and mould societies.

As one philosopher said, languages are Houses of Being. After doing graduate work in linguistics, Dixon wanted to visit these houses or "palaces" himself - to stroll along their sidewalks, knock on their doors, and peek in their windows. He wanted to see what they were hiding in their basements ... even if it meant a little bit of trouble. In some cases, a whole lot of trouble! Join him on his adventure as, with wit and humour, he works toward a real understanding of how and why we communicate the way we do in the Global Village.

About The Author

Glenn Dixon has published travel articles in major publications such as National Geographic, the New York Post, The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, and Psychology Today. An expert on language with an M.A. in socio-linguistics, he is currently a language consultant with the Calgary Board of Education. He lives in Calgary.

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Title:Pilgrim in the Palace of Words: A Journey Through the 6,000 Languages of EarthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.4 inPublished:November 23, 2009Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554884330

ISBN - 13:9781554884339

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Pilgrim in the Palace of Words is certainly defined more by Dixon's first-person experiences, chance encounters and dialogue with strangers than academic theories.