• Sign In / Register
  • Help
  • Basket0
The books you love, the emails you want
Time is running out, opt in before 25 May or you'll stop hearing from us
Yes Please
Planet Word (Hardback)
  • Planet Word (Hardback)
zoom

Planet Word (Hardback)

(author), (author of introduction)
2 Reviews Sign in to write a review
£25.00
Hardback Published: 29/09/2011
  • In stock online
  • Free UK delivery

Usually despatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Check availability At your local shop
Unravel the mysteries of language with J.P. Davidson's remarkable "Planet Word". "The way you speak is who you are and the tones of your voice and the tricks of your emailing and tweeting and letter-writing, can be recognised unmistakably in the minds of those who know and love you". (Stephen Fry). From feral children to fairy-tale princesses, secrets codes, invented languages - even a language that was eaten! - "Planet Word" uncovers everything you didn't know you needed to know about how language evolves. Learn the tricks to political propaganda, why we can talk but animals can't, discover 3,000-year-old clay tablets that discussed beer and impotence and test yourself at textese - do you know your RMEs from your LOLs? Meet the 105-year-old man who invented modern-day Chinese and all but eradicated illiteracy, and find out why language caused the go-light in Japan to be blue. From the dusty scrolls of the past to the unknown digital future, and with (heart) the first graphic to enter the OED, are we already well on our way to a language without words? In a round-the-world trip of a lifetime, discover all this and more as J. P. Davidson travels across our gloriously, endlessly intriguing multilingual "Planet Word". John Paul Davidson is a film and television director and producer. After studying at Bristol University and completing his doctoral field work in The University of Malysia, he joined the BBC's Travel and Exploration Unit as their resident anthropologist. Stephen Fry's film, stage, radio and television credits are numerous and wide-ranging. He has written, produced, directed, acted in or presented productions as varied as "Wilde", "Blackadder", "Jeeves and Wooster", "A Bit of Fry and Laurie", "Fry's English Delight" and "QI". After writing many successful books, his recent memoir "The Fry Chronicles" was a number one bestseller.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780718157746
Weight: 1110 g
Dimensions: 239 x 177 x 40 mm

You may also be interested in...

English for the Natives
Added to basket
Shakespeare's Bawdy
Added to basket
The Secret Life of Pronouns
Added to basket
The Last Word
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Mother Tongue
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Mothballs and Elbow Grease
Added to basket
A History of the English Language
Added to basket
Red Herrings and White Elephants
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.49
Paperback
A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi
Added to basket
Reading the Gaelic Landscape
Added to basket
£16.99
Paperback
Lost in Translation
Added to basket
The Horologicon
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Leaves on the Line
Added to basket
Two Girls, One on Each Knee
Added to basket
Written in Stone
Added to basket

Reviews

View all

“Disappointing number of typos and grammatical errors in this book about language”

I had high expectations for Planet Word, given its authorship and the foreword by Stephen Fry. I enjoyed the book; it was entertaining, informative and funny - although at times rather rambling. However, the main... More

Hardback edition
9th April 2015
Helpful? Upvote 6

“A Book for Word Smiths”

The book for the TV series presented by the wordmaster Stephen Fry. Very good, should be read by any one with an interest in words & language

Hardback edition
29th May 2013
Helpful? Upvote 4

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.