Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing by Daniel Tammet

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Read Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing Online Free - 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.

Title : Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing
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ISBN : 0316353051
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 272 pages


Margaret rated it ★★★★★

May 22, 2017

Tammet, as a person with high functioning autism, defied conventional expectations and turned the workings of his mind to a field in which he could find great advantage--sociolinguistics. Although primarily a novelist, this is a set of essays in which he engages global language: the onomatopoetic...

Amelia rated it ★★★★★

May 26, 2017

full review on agreybox: https://tinyurl.com/y8urztzt - I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for honest review. Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing by Daniel Tammet is a non-fiction piece that focuses on our relationship as beings possessing the abili...

Jo-Ann rated it ★★★★☆

September 16, 2017

Every Word Is A Bird We Teach To Sing is a wonderful collection of encounters, interviews, and experiences which author Daniel Tammet has experienced throughout his life. Daniel has high functioning autism and sees the world, and in particular words and numbers, differently to most of us. Numbers...

Breakaway rated it ★★★★★

September 08, 2017

A stunning depiction of the depth of human language Daniel Tammett is an autistic savant, rated at 15th in a poll of the Top 100 geniuses in 2007. By the excellent writing which characterises this book, one would never guess that he views the English Language with discomfort, where synesthesia mean...

Auderoy rated it ★★★★☆

July 06, 2017

FAV QUOTES: The world was made up of words. But I thought and felt and sometimes dreamed in a private language of numbers. Sixty-one two two two two eleven One hundred and thirty-one forty-nine As sounds and social currency, words could not yet hold me. All literature, I finally realized with a jolt,...

Joshua rated it ★★★★★

August 04, 2017

Disclaimer: The review is based on an ARC I got through a Goodreads giveaway. "A joyous romp through the world of words, letters, stories, and meanings. Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing explores how communication shapes the reality we live in. From the intricacies of translation to the lyrici...

Clara rated it ★★★★☆

August 24, 2017

Note: Thanks to NetGalley for providing an Advance Reading Copy of this book. All opinions regarding the book are entirely my own. You don't have to a lover of languages to enjoy Daniel Tammet's Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing, but what a delight it is if you are! Tammet grew up in a working...

Stephanie rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 15, 2017

Thanks to NetGalley for the free digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Check out all my book reviews at www.myliterary2cents.blogspot.com Plot Summary: This is a narrative of the author's life. He is a high functioning autistic with some amazing, although unique, linguistic sk...

Linda rated it ★★★★★

October 08, 2017

EVERY WORD IS A BIRD WE TEACH TO SING by Daniel Tammet (Born on a Blue Day) is a truly amazing book. I am so impressed by Tammet's writing and, frankly, do not have the words to adequately describe how lyrical this text feels. Tammet, autistic and multi-lingual, clearly loves language in a way th...

Morgan rated it ★★★★☆

October 19, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, particularly the approach the author suggests to learning a new language. There were also plenty of references to other authors whose works might prove interesting. However, in the chapter "Translating Faithfully," a question about the morality of learning another p...

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