Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing by Daniel Tammet
Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language

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“Words, words, words,” said Hamlet—that brilliant, verbose Dane would find in these pages a most welcome elaboration.
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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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Daniel Tammet is a writer, linguist and educator. He is the author of Embracing the Wide Sky and the New York Times bestseller Born on a Blue Day. He has appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman, 60 Minutes, and Good Morning America, and has been featured in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Telegraph, and many other publications. He lives in Paris.
 
Published September 12, 2017 by Little, Brown and Company. 273 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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“Words, words, words,” said Hamlet—that brilliant, verbose Dane would find in these pages a most welcome elaboration.

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