|Pages/Publication Date:||336 / 2019|
The language you speak could make you more prone to accidents. We speak differently when our mother-in-law is present. And there's a special part of the brain that produces swear words. Taking us on a mindboggling journey through the science of language, linguist David Shariatmadari uncovers the truth about what we do with words, exploding nine widely held myths about language while introducing us to some of the fundamental insights of modern linguistics. Among the curios he considers are whether we can talk with animals and whether untranslatable words exist, and why the regional English accent known as Brummie is considered to be in a minor key.