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Gods Of The Word: Archetypes In The Consonants

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Margaret Magnus is a programmer and linguist, and one of the most prominent researchers in the branch of linguistics known as sound symbolism. This book is a non-technical introduction to an expanded understanding of how the form of a word -- its sound -- affects its meaning. Each vowel and each consonant in a language has a meaning which is very broad, yet distinct from t ...more
Published January 1st 1995 by Truman State University Press
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This is one of my list of books that everyone should read. I found it deepened my understanding of language, and opened up new possibilities in understanding communication and linguistics. Magnus has given an ancient principle, found in many old Indian texts, and in Plato, a more rigorous context, and showed that the ancients were aware of a nuance of language that seems to have been lost, perhaps in the light of writing.

I love books that open doors to new ways of understanding the world I live,
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The hypothesis of this book is astounding and asounding - that each letter/phoneme of the alphabet has its own meaning - so, "S" is snake, string, straight, strait, stretch, street, - linear items. This changes everything.
This is a very entertaining and edifying work on linguistics. It is really thought-provoking. I recommend it for anyone who is interested in the marvels of language. Its a short book but packed with amazing information.
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