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Don't Believe A Word: The Surprising Truth About Language
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David Shariatmadari
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Don't Believe A Word: The Surprising Truth About Language

David Shariatmadari


Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Usage & grammar guides;
Language: history & general works;
Grammar, syntax;
Advocate - Poetry & Writing


336 pages

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THINK YOU KNOW LANGUAGE? THINK AGAIN A word's origin doesn't tell you what it means today There are languages that change when your mother-in-law is present Mistakes don't undermine English, they lay its foundations The language you speak could make you more prone to accidents 'Untranslatable' words are usually anything but There's a special part of the brain that produces swear words The truth is so much more interesting than the rumours . . .

Over the past few decades, we have reached new frontiers of linguistic knowledge. Linguists can now explain how and why language changes, describe its structures, and map its activity in the brain. But most of us know as much about language today as we did about physics before Galileo, and the little we know is still largely based on folklore, instinct or hearsay.

In DON'T BELIEVE A WORD linguist David Shariatmadari takes us on a mind-boggling journey through the science of language, urging us to abandon our prejudices in a bid to uncover the (far more interesting) truth about what we do with words. Exploding nine widely-held myths about language while introducing us to some of the fundamental insights of modern linguistics, David Shariatmadari is an energetic guide to the beauty and quirkiness of humanity's greatest achievement.

By:   David Shariatmadari
Imprint:   Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 134mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   334g
ISBN:   9781474608442
ISBN 10:   1474608442
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Shariatmadari is a writer and editor at the Guardian. He studied Linguistics at Cambridge University and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, where he now lives.

David Shariatmadari translates the often arcane theories of linguistics into a sequence of accessible ideas and theories, making us look afresh at the language we speak and how it structures our intimacies, our thoughts, and our identities. Wry and immensely intelligent, this learned book awakens us to complexities of communication that we too readily ignore, and it does so with both deep scholarship and a light touch -- ANDREW SOLOMON

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