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Four Words for Friend

Why Using More Than One Language Matters Now More Than Ever

Marek Kohn

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Yale University
15 March 2019
linguistics; Social, group or collective psychology; Cognition & cognitive psychology
A compelling argument about the importance of using more than one language in today's world In a world that has English as its global language and rapidly advancing translation technology, it's easy to assume that the need to use more than one language will diminish-but Marek Kohn argues that plural language use is more important than ever. In a divided world, it helps us to understand ourselves and others better, to live together better, and to make the most of our various cultures.

Kohn, whom the Guardian has called one of the best science writers we have, brings together perspectives from psychology, evolutionary thought, politics, literature, and everyday experience. He explores how people acquire languages; how they lose them; how they can regain them; how different languages may affect people's perceptions, their senses of self, and their relationships with each other; and how to resolve the fundamental contradiction of languages, that they exist as much to prevent communication as to make it happen.
By:   Marek Kohn
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9780300231083
ISBN 10:   0300231083
Pages:   264
Publication Date:   15 March 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Marek Kohn is the author of The Race Gallery, As We Know It, A Reason for Everything, and Trust. He lives in Brighton, UK.

Reviews for Four Words for Friend: Why Using More Than One Language Matters Now More Than Ever

[In Kohn's final chapters] we can feel most viscerally the power of language and the pain of its loss, and at the same time arrive at an understanding of the fury and resentment fell by peoples all over the world when they believe that their languages and cultures are being eroded or taken away. -Maureen Freely, Literary Review -- Maureen Freely * Literary Review * Fascinating... [Kohn] doesn't hold out much hope of the Anglosphere learning to value other languages. Readers of this book will have no doubt how badly we will lose out as a result. -Daniel Hahn, Spectator -- Daniel Hahn * The Spectator * Beautifully written ... Makes a powerful case for knowing more than one language as a life-enriching skill that may enlarge our sympathies in a world that wants to build walls. -Steven Poole, Guardian -- Steven Poole * Guardian * Beautifully written ... Makes a powerful case for knowing more than one language as a life-enriching skill that may enlarge our sympathies in a world that wants to build walls. -Steven Poole, Guardian Fascinating... [Kohn] doesn't hold out much hope of the Anglosphere learning to value other languages. Readers of this book will have no doubt how badly we will lose out as a result. -Daniel Hahn, Spectator [In Kohn's final chapters] we can feel most viscerally the power of language and the pain of its loss, and at the same time arrive at an understanding of the fury and resentment fell by peoples all over the world when they believe that their languages and cultures are being eroded or taken away. -Maureen Freely, Literary Review A breathtaking achievement. Marek Kohn is a real writer, a natural story-teller with a remarkable ability to present linguistic situations in a pictorial way. - David Crystal, author of How Language Works and The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language This is an engaging book about what it means to have more than one language at your disposal: how it feels, what it enables, and the complications it can cause. Kohn writes crisply, combining technical savvy with keen social insight and self-knowledge. The result is a generous vision of linguistic plurality - and of a world in which unity is possible not in spite of diversity, but because of it. - Henry Hitchings, author of The World in Thirty-Eight Chapters or Dr Johnson's Guide to Life


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