A mind-expanding, deeply humane tour of language(s) - and those who speak, study and invent them - by the best-selling 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 AI 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 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. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel Tammet. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/001215/bk_hodd_001215_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Three waxed cats, one Cookie Witch, a Brazilian gone bad, and the last name Bermangoggleshitz...not the best ingredients for a successful spell. Or is it? Avoiding the truth has been working out just fine for most of my life. I´m finally happy. I have friends and a kangaroo shifter who adores me. Never in my 29 witchy years did I think I would have a place to call home with people who truly cared. Now my BFF, Zelda, wants to have a chat. Can´t crappy news wait? As soon as my varnished Virginia is mobile, I want to go home to my adorable little house I share with the love of my life and my four semi-violent, adopted, gum-smacking chipmunk shifter sons. But, noooooooo.... Instead of enjoying a bouncy romp of nookie with my marsupial man whose last name I should really find out, I have to deal with an odiferous, butt-ugly, dead-beat, evil warlock of a dad named Bermangoggleshitz - the very same douchecanoe that tried to kill my rodent children. Not to mention, said sperm donor has called up a Legion of demons from the Underworld. Fanfreakintastic. So armed with my questionable intellect, a shaky handle on the French language and a penchant for blowing up buildings, I´m gonna grab this problem by the nuts and squeeze - like a Brazilian times...whoops, bazillion. That French gets me every time. I will have my happily ever after no matter what or my name´s not Sassy Louise...umm...Bermangoggleshitz. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephanie Riggio. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/099216/bk_acx0_099216_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.