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Life Lessons with Ian Roberts....Surprising facts from Wonders of Language

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Life Lessons welcomes Ian Roberts who offers a stimulating introduction to our greatest gift as a species: our capacity for articulate language. We are mostly as blissfully unaware of the intricacies of the structure of language as fish are of the water they swim in. We live in a mental ocean of nouns, verbs, quantifiers, morphemes, vowels and other rich, strange and deeply fascinating linguistic objects. This book introduces the reader to this amazing world.

  • Introduces the core ideas in linguistics

  • Explains what linguists have learnt about language

  • Keeps technical terms to a minimum and includes a full glossary



Ian Roberts has taught in Switzerland, Wales and Germany, and is currently Professor of Linguistics at the University of Cambridge. He has published six monographs and two textbooks, and has edited several collections of articles.

The Wonders of Language

Or: How to Make Noises and Influence People

  1. Can you tell us about The Wonders of Language and where you got the idea to write this book?

  2. What are we going to learn about the nature and wonder of language?

  3. Can you give a brief overview of the topics covered in the book?

  4. Does the book need to be read in sequence or are the chapters independent of each other?

  5. As the author and a linguists, do you have a favorite chapter or core idea that you covered in this book?

  6. What are the key features and benefits that readers will take away from this book?

  7. Who will benefit from reading this book?

  8. Where can listeners go for more information about you and the book?