Don't Believe A Word: The Surprising Truth About Language
Don't Believe A Word: The Surprising Truth About Language
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Don't Believe A Word: The Surprising Truth About Language

David Shariatmadari
Hardback
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This title will be released on 22nd August 2019
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Everyone likes to think they know a bit about language:There's a term in Portuguese you simply can't translate
The origin of a word tells you how it should be used
Standards of grammar have taken a nosedive recently
The real meaning of 'disinterested' is 'unbiased'
Computers will soon be able to speak like human beings
A dialect is inferior to a language

The problem is, none of these statements is true.

Over the past few decades, we have reached new frontiers of linguistic knowledge. Linguists can now explain how and why language changes, describe its structures, and map its activity in the brain. But most of us know as much about language today as we did about physics before Galileo, and the little we know is still largely based on folklore, instinct or hearsay.

In DON'T BELIEVE A WORD linguist David Shariatmadari takes us on a mind-boggling journey through the science of language, urging us to abandon our prejudices in a bid to uncover the (far more interesting) truth about what we do with words. Exploding nine widely-held myths about language while introducing us to some of the fundamental insights of modern linguistics, David Shariatmadari is an energetic guide to the beauty and quirkiness of humanity's greatest achievement.

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ISBN 9781474608435
Publisher Orion Publishing Co
Format Hardback
Pages 336
Publication date 22 August 2019

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