Language and the Distortion of Meaning (Paperback)Patrick DeGramont (author)
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Patrick de Gramont draws upon evidence from infant observaton and linguistics as well as from information theory in order to make two related points. First, he demonstrates how our prevailing theories of meaning have failed to account for how we distort meaning.
Publisher: New York University Press
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
"This is a fascinating book. David Gerber carefully analyzes the letter itself to focus on the development of individual identities in the face of migration."
-Jon Gjerde, author of "The Minds of the West: The Ethnocultural Evolution of the Rural Middle West, 1830-1917"
""Authors of Their Lives" is the definitive study of American and Canadian immigrant letters. David Gerber employs psychology, epistolary scholarship, as well as his superlative capacities as an empathetic reader, to reveal how letters constitute not only a record of immigrant experience, but were an agent in fashioning that experience. "Authors of Their Lives" is an invaluable contribution to transnational history at the most personal and persuasive level."
-John R. Gillis, author of "Islands of the Mind: How the Human Imagination Created the Atlantic World"
"David Gerber provides a new reading of the immigrant letter. Though informed by social theory, it is Gerber's astute analysis which provides the reader a rare entree to the psychology of particular immigrants. A unique achievement!"
-Rudolph J. Vecoli, Professor of History, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
"Gerber provides an insightful examination of the role letters play in the shaping of identity. . . . Will certainly help historians to address personal immigrant letters more critically."
-"American Historical Review",
"[I]n this excellent study . . . Gerber uses sophisticated social theory -- quite elegantly -- for a readable and insightful analysis of the immigrants and what migration meant to them. . . . Gerber also breaks new ground by analyzing the 'rhythm' of letter writing -- how immigrants' writing changed over time and what that reveals about their psychology, emotion, and adjustment. . . . Altogether, Gerber provides a fresh model and another high standard for scholars of American immigration."
-"Journal of American History",