So, what books are you reading right now?

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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:37 pm

unknowing wrote:A natural history of language, The Power Of Babel, by John McWorter


I like John McWhorter. Is that worth reading?
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby unknowing » Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:56 pm

Arcturus Descending wrote:
unknowing wrote:A natural history of language, The Power Of Babel, by John McWorter


I like John McWhorter. Is that worth reading?


To be honest, it's my next read. It's coming by UPS. Should've taken note of the "right now" part of the title.

I like the idea of languages evolving and going extinct, which this book promises to be about. I also like the idea behind the towel of babel, one language for everybody, so I picked this book based on that. If that gives you an idea?

Have you read other books by him? I think he's an associate professor in linguistics.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby unknowing » Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:12 am

unknowing wrote:
Arcturus Descending wrote:
unknowing wrote:A natural history of language, The Power Of Babel, by John McWorter


I like John McWhorter. Is that worth reading?


To be honest, it's my next read. It's coming by UPS. Should've taken note of the "right now" part of the title.

I like the idea of languages evolving and going extinct, which this book promises to be about. I also like the idea behind the towel of babel, one language for everybody, so I picked this book based on that. If that gives you an idea?

Have you read other books by him? I think he's an associate professor in linguistics.


This book has me convinced Shakespeare will be forgotten sooner than later.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:49 pm

I like the idea of languages evolving and going extinct, which this book promises to be about. I also like the idea behind the towel of babel, one language for everybody, so I picked this book based on that. If that gives you an idea?

Have you read other books by him? I think he's an associate professor in linguistics.

This book has me convinced Shakespeare will be forgotten sooner than later.


It would be a terrible shame if Shakespeare and his works at some point came to be forgotten. But I do not believe that.
I am now listening to an audiobook about William Shakespeare called I believe William Shakespeare and how he became William Shakespeare. It is really a wonderful audiobook and fascinating, informative. It gives you a more intimate perspective into the man, the human being which he was, and some of the thing which might have driven him, the themes of which show up in his masterpieces.

There is another book about language. I cannot recall the name of it or the writer. I do not believe it is the Tower of Babel. But I will find it. The write-up sounded fascinating - one that McWhorter recommended.

I eventually got McWhorters Language Lectures on cd. They are well worth the viewing time and he is a great lecturer. Makes the history of language so come alive.

As long as there is *written* language, a language will not be forgotten or die out.
Why would you like language to die out?
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:47 pm

The audiobook is actually called Will in the World: How Shakespeare became Shakespeare ~ written by Stephen Greenblatt.
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