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

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

David Shariatmadari

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 22 Aug 2019
ISBN: 9781474608442

A mind-boggling journey through the phenomenon of language, busting nine common myths about humanity's greatest achievement

  • The GuardianBook of the Day
4 stars out of 5
10 Aug 2019

"A myth-busting account of how languages emerge, change, and influence the way we think"

This book makes a good case for seeing linguistics as “the universal social science”, one that teaches us not just about language but about how we live and make sense of the world. When we learn how the world is made through words, we also learn to be sceptical of our current iteration of reality and more tolerant of other perspectives. If life can be differently worded, it can be differently lived.

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