EVERY WORD IS A BIRD WE TEACH TO SINGDANIEL TAMMET Book Number: 86895 Product format: Hardback
Amy Tan said of this, "Tammet gives insight ranging from cultural perception and social dominance to the features of Esperanto as a universal language. Most fascinating is Tammet's own astonishing linguistic mind, in which a single word evokes fully textured experiences - an innate ability that would dazzle any storyteller in love with words and their deepest meanings." The writer provides a mind-expanding deeply humane tour of language. Is vocabulary destiny? Why did clocks 'talk' to the Nahua people of Mexico? Will AI researchers ever produce true human-machine dialogue? Tammet investigates the intricacy and profound power of language. He goes back in time to London to explore the numeric language of his autistic childhood. In Iceland he learns why the name Blaer became a court case. In Canada, he meets one of the world's most accomplished lip-readers. He chats with chatbots, contrives an e-les 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 from the art of translation to the lyricism of sign language. He is a true polyglot. 262pp.
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