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The Secret Life of Pronouns (Hardcover)
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We spend our lives communicating—we connect with family, communicate our needs, and increasingly, earn our livings by putting thoughts into words. In the past 150 years, we've zoomed from quill pens through radio to texts, blogs, and social media. We're generating more and more words every moment of every day. Hiding in that deluge of language are amazing facts about who we are and how we feel.
In The Secret Life of Pronouns, language psychologist James Pennebaker uses his groundbreaking research into word frequency and computational linguistics to show that the words we use carry secrets about our emotions, our identities, and our social intelligence. Using innovative techniques and insightful surveys—including quizzes you can take yourself—Pennebaker spins through pop culture, Craigslist ads, the Federalist Papers and more as examples of how word choice can reveal our emotions, identities, income level and more.
You'll learn why it's bad when politicians use "we" instead of "I," what Yeats and Rosie O'Donnell have in common, how Ebenezer Scrooge's use of language hints at his self-deception and repressed emotions. Nixon's collapsing self-confidence, Rudy Giuliani and King Lear make cameo appearances as well in this breathtaking, brainy romp through language.
Genre: Language + Art + Disciplines, Psychology
Sub-Genre: Social Psychology, Communication
Street Date: August 16, 2011
Item Number (DPCI): 247-06-2603