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Language Myths, Mysteries and Magic (Hardback)
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Language Myths, Mysteries and Magic (Hardback)

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Hardback 269 Pages / Published: 05/09/2014
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Can a bump on the head cause someone to speak with a different accent? Can animals, aliens, and objects talk? Can we communicate with gods, demons, and the dead? Language Myths, Mysteries and Magic is a curio shop full of colourful superstitions, folklore, and legends about language.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137404848
Number of pages: 269
Weight: 4532 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm


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'Language, with its uncanny ability to transmit ideas from mind to mind, has always seemed to have magical powers. Karen Stollznow ably and engagingly debunks the nonsense and superstitions, and in doing so enhances, rather than diminishes, our appreciation of this wondrous human ability.' - Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, US, and author of The Language Instinct and The Sense of Style

'Language Myths, Mysteries and Magic could not be more timely. Here the accomplished linguist, Karen Stollznow, persuasively and forcefully dramatizes how language has many real world powers that might seem mysterious, as when a brain injury causes someone to switch from one language to another. But readers will soon grasp that while language does have power, it isn't particularly magical or mysterious. This engaging, one-of a kind, book deserves very wide readership.' - Elizabeth Loftus, University of California, US

'Stollznow is an author with a mission, and that mission is to debunk. This mission plays itself out in each chapter. We are given a brief introduction to the topic, including some of the more outrageous uses or abuses of it, and then the topic or some aspect of it is debunked. Stollznow performs this with intelligence, not by rote.' - Linguist

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