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A mind-expanding, deeply humane tour of language by the best-selling 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 AI 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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- John A.
A great book
A wonderful book that I found to be developmental and maturative for a young man coming of age like myself. I found the whole story worthwhile and interesting and further highly recommend this book.
- Parissa E.
Lovely, meditation and beautiful
What a lovely book to listen to - especially in Daniel Tammet’s beautiful cadence. As someone who loves languages and has studied a few, this book was easy to listen to and learn his insights. It was peaceful and calming. I enjoyed every minute and found it deeply meditative to listen to.
- Hugh Joseph
Most dreadful audiobook I ever listened to
I purchased this based on the description and reviews. Never was I so disappointed. The narrator sounds like he is on his deathbed. I've heard autistic six-year olds read better and faster. And each chapter is so boring I can't finish listening to it before skipping to the next chapter, only to have the same reaction. Very little of his story is in the least interesting; I couldn't care less about the experiences in his life he regales with a solipsistic viewpoint that drives me crazy. Enough already - I am requesting a refund.
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