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You Are What You Speak: Grammar Grouches, Language Laws and the Power of Words by [Greene, Robert Lane]
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Why does language move some of us to anxiety or even rage?



For centuries, sticklers have donned the cloak of authority to control how people use words. In this sensational new book, Robert Lane Greene strikes back to defend the fascinating, real-life diversity of this most basic human faculty. Along the way, he corrects Bill Bryson’s “facts” about words, challenges the rhetoric of Lynne Truss’s bestselling Eats, Shoots & Leaves, and explains why speech is a lot like jazz.



Travel with Greene on a rollicking world tour that shows the role language beliefs play in shaping our identities, for good and ill. From the Tower of Babel to Atatürk’s banning of Arabic script, he charts how language “experts” moved from myth-making to rule-making and from building cohesive communities to building modern nations.



This enthralling book reveals that our arguments about language may relate to something else entirely, and illuminates the rewards of being flexible with our words. You Are What You Speak will certainly get people talking.



‘This is a masterly survey of language … erudite and witty.’ —Julian Burnside



‘An erudite and provocative argument.’ —The Age



Robert Lane Greene is an international correspondent for the Economist, and a former columnist for the New Republic. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, on Slate, and in other publications. He speaks nine languages and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Robert Lane Greene is an international correspondent for The Economist, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, on Slate, and in other publications. He also wrote a biweekly column for The New Republic from 2002 to 2004. Greene is a frequent television and radio commentator on international affairs, an adjunct assistant professor in the Center for Global Affairs at New York University, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He speaks nine languages and was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned a M.Phil. in European politics and society. Robert Lane Greene lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Eva, and his son, Jack.

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  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Black Inc. (3 October 2011)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DY14YWM
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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