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.

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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...

Katie/Doing Dewey rated it ★★★★★

December 01, 2017

I thought it was offensive that some critics thought this author’s earlier memoir might be a one-off ‘disability memoir’. However, I have to admit that part of what made me think he would have something interesting to say is the belief that someone with autism might have a different perspective o...

Alan rated it ★★★★★

December 20, 2017

Daniel Tammet is an autistic savant whose talents include quick mathematical calculations & memorization, multiple languages and colour synesthesia. He has performed various public stunts, presumably for book publicity, such as learning Icelandic in 1 week and then being interviewed about it...

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...

Samantha rated it ★★★★☆

December 24, 2017

Daniel Tammet is an explorer and treasure seeker, and his prize is language. Tammet is uniquely qualified for a linguistic adventure, through his synaesthesia – the ability to interpret one sense as another. In his case, Tammet sees language as a visible construct – shapes, colours and textures....

Lou rated it ★★★★★

January 22, 2018

This could be the hardest book to ever attempt to do justice to by review because Tammet is an absolute master at language! I can only give it my best, but please: multiply my sub-standard praise by a thousand to get the true splendour of Every Word is a Bird we Teach to Sing. Tammet's ability to...

Tracey Allen rated it ★★★☆☆

October 22, 2017

Every Word Is A Bird We Teach To Sing - Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language is a collection of essays by Daniel Tammet. Daniel is an autistic savant with synaesthesia and his love of language and words intrigued me enough to pick up this book and find out more. What I learned q...

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,...

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