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Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing

Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language

By Daniel Tammet
Narrated by Daniel Tammet / 10 hours 28 minutes

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.

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Author
Narrator Daniel Tammet
ISBN 9781478962946
Length 10 hours 28 minutes
Language English
Publisher Hachette Audio
Publication Date
Abridged No
Libro.fm Rank #4,641 Overall
Genre Rank #420 in Science
 

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