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Louder Than Words - by Benjamin K Bergen (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 296

Genre: Language + Art + Disciplines

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)

Age Range: Teen

Book theme: Sociolinguistics

Author: Benjamin K Bergen

Language: English

Street Date: October 30, 2012
TCIN: 77263291
UPC: 9780465028290
Item Number (DPCI): 247-53-1724


[An] impressive debut.... [Bergen] sets out his account with enthusiasm, energy and some delightful touches of humour. If you want an engaging, well-informed tour of how cognitive science approaches the problem of meaning, you stand to learn a great deal from this book.
"The Roanoke Times"
Bergen uses anecdotes to effectively illustrate the many aspects and quirks of human communication.... Bergen has shed light on this subject in a way that bridges the communication gap between academe and the world without compromising his scholarship. Reading this book will be helpful to anyone who has to write letters, deliver speeches, make telephone calls or otherwise deliver concepts to other humans.
"San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review"
"[Bergen has] a witty, entertaining and engaging style that forces us to reflect on the dynamics of human thought processes.
"New Scientist"
Bergen writes with a lightness of touch and a jovial wit...captivating.... After reading this book, words will never hold quite the same meaning for you again.
The author s enthusiasm and humor are evident and result in an informative and fun read. Highly recommended.
"Library Journal Xpress Reviews," starred review
[An] excellent book. Similar to what Steven Pinker s "The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language" is to linguists, this book is a sine qua non for cognitive scientists, ordinary language philosophers, and the intrepid general reader. Highly recommended
"Kirkus Reviews"
An intriguing look at the brain mechanisms involved in the complexities of human communication.
John McWhorter, Professor of Linguistics and American Studies, Columbia University, and Contributing Editor, "The New Republic"
One may suppose knowing what a sentence means is about matching its words to definitions floating somewhere in our heads. But you know that"Elvis is leaving the building "and"Elvis has left the building"mean different things, and yet the difference has nothing to do with definitions. Ben Bergen shows us that the link between sentences and meanings is ongoing mental simulationsthe same kinds that allow us to picture how we are going to build that birdhouse or clean out that garage, except that we actually do them, day and night.For those who think linguists are professional grammar police, this book shows the kind of thing linguists actually study, especially promising ones like Bergen who we will surely hear more from in the future.
Adele Goldberg, Professor of Linguistics, Princeton University
If you ve ever wondered how words evoke the meanings they do, whether everyone else s meanings are just the same as yours, orwhy computers are so poor at producing decent translations, this is the book for you.Meaning has been the hardest scientific nut to crack, but Bergen delivers us the nutcracker."Louder Than Words" is highly engaging, scientifically sound, up to date, and very fun to read.
George Lakoff, Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, and author of "Metaphors We Live By," from the Foreword
"Louder Than Words" is a stunningly beautiful synthesis of the new science of meaning. Benjamin Bergen offers a vivid, enthralling, andremarkablyeven funny introduction to the psychological experiments and brain research showing how your mind really works.
Sian Beilock, Professor of Psychology, The University of Chicago, and author of "Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting it Right When You Have To"
"Louder Than Words" opens an exciting new window into how humans communicate. With a toolbox of cutting-edge science at his fingertips, Bergen helps us understand how we effectively communicate ideas to others and what it takes to make meaning out of what others say to us.
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