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A book that manages to be both informative and fun to read, a look at language starting with the most basic question – Why can we talk? J P Davidson considers what we’ve used for writing – everything from clay tablets to our modern day tablets, scrolls to txting on mobile phones. He looks at languages, real and invented and looks forward in time to what the future holds for the words we speak and write.

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Synopsis

Planet Word by Stephen Fry

'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?

Reviews

'Arguably the greatest living Englishman' Independent on Sunday

Fry's linguistic facility remains one of the Wildean wonders of the new media age. The patron saint of British intelligence' Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry is an award-winning comedian, actor, presenter and director. He rose to fame alongside Hugh Laurie in A Bit of Fry and Laurie (which he co-wrote with Laurie) and Jeeves and Wooster, and was unforgettable as Captain Melchett in Blackadder. He also presented Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, his groundbreaking documentary on bipolar disorder, to huge critical acclaim. His legions of fans tune in to watch him host the popular quiz show QI each week.

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Book Info

Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Stephen Fry

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Author's Website

www.stephenfry.com/
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Hardback

Categories

The Real World
Biography / Autobiography
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ISBN

9780718157746

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