Don't Believe A Word

Don't Believe A Word

The Surprising Truth About Language

Book - 2020 | First American edition.
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"Everyone likes to think they know a bit about language: There are some words that you simply can't translate into English. The origin of a word tells you how it should be used. A dialect is inferior to a language. The problem is, none of these statements are true. In Don't Believe a Word, linguist David Shariatmadari explodes nine common myths about language and introduces us to some of the fundamental insights of modern linguistics. By the end of this eye- opening tour, readers will understand that grammatical "errors" are in fact the foundation of modern English; that the meaning of a word is not what a dictionary says, but how it's used; and that the difference between what gets labelled a "language" or "dialect" is political, rather than scientific. Don't Believe a Word offers an accessible and thorough introduction to the science behind one of the most essential aspects of our daily life"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2020.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9781324004257
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Do not believe a word


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