Author of the global bestseller Born On A Blue Day, and the international bestsellers Embracing the Wide Sky and Thinking in Numbers, language savant and polyglot Daniel Tammet is the perfect guide for this engaging, eclectic, occasionally personal exploration of all things linguistic, and what they can teach us about our lives and minds.
In this second collection of essays, Tammet discusses a fascinating range of topics – from Esperanto native speakers and Queen Elizabeth’s French, to spatial semantics and aspirational vowels, with synaesthetic colour, wit, and reflection. His tone is intimate, never professorial, confiding insights and experiences to readers without jargon or condescension.
Admirers of Thinking in Numbers will be delighted by the poetic sensibility and careful precision with which Tammet returns to the essayistic format. His meditations on identity, perception, and creativity will offer readers plenty more food for thought.
Tammet tells the many stories of how words shape our worlds, quickening language’s major debates and puzzles – Is vocabulary destiny? How does our mother tongue affect our perceptions ? - with sharp observations and intriguing anecdotes.
Other essays showcase Tammet’s gentle wit, such as when he dissects the ‘clockwork tongues’ of his fellow language inventors, from Leibniz to Anthony Burgess ; and his ability to explain precisely and lucidly his passion and gift for acquiring foreign languages.
Combining a vast and free-ranging curiosity with a rare and much-celebrated linguistic creativity, Tammet’s essays speak directly and evocatively to our imagination, endowing fact with all of the poetry and possibility of fiction.
Daniel Tammet is a writer, linguist and educator. A 2007 poll of 4,000 Britons named him as one of the world's "100 living geniuses". He is the creator of 'Optimnem', a website company that has provided language learning instruction to thousands around the globe. His 2006 memoir 'Born On A Blue Day' describing his life with high-functioning autistic savant syndrome was a Sunday Times (UK) and New York Times bestseller. It has sold over half a million copies worldwide, and been translated into 18 languages.Tammet is the subject of the 2005 award-winning documentary film 'Brainman' which has ...
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