Talk on the Wild Side : Why Language Won't Do As It's Told

Talk on the Wild Side : Why Language Won't Do As It's Told

Description

Language is a wild animal: rough, ambiguous, inconsistent in countless ways. But that just makes it all the more tempting to tame it. Many have tried, from sticklers for supposedly correct grammar to inventors of supposedly perfect languages; from software engineers working on machine translation to governments that see language management as politics by another means. But when you enter the lair of a wild beast, you can be lucky to escape with your wits.

Join Lane Greene on a journey of discovery into the deep strangeness of language. Learn why grammar rules can never capture the extraordinary variety of ordinary usage. See what happens when you try to design a language that really makes sense. Find out why, for all the talk of decline in English, no language in recorded history has ever gone to the dogs, or ever could. And learn the fate of those bold individuals who, through heroism or ignorance, ventured to teach their tongue some new tricks.


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Details

Author(s)
Robert Lane Greene
Format
Hardback | 240 pages
Dimensions
144 x 222 x 25mm | 414g
Publication date
20 Sep 2018
Publisher
Profile Books Ltd
Imprint
Economist Books
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
Main
ISBN10
1781258066
ISBN13
9781781258064
Bestsellers rank
276,134