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What Language Is by John McWhorter
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really liked it

McWhorter's exploration of the ins and outs of language is definitely not for everyone, but I found it particularly interesting. McWhorter covers a lot of different areas of language as he digs pretty deep into how language works, and his examples cover dozens of languages around the world, breaking down the grammar and structure and explaining how meaning is derived, so this book probably would appeal most to people with at least some familiarity with the science and/or philosophy of language. Despite the small-ish size, there's a lot of meat, and I found myself excitedly sharing different aspects with the people around me on more than one occasion. I found McWhorter's writing style very conversational, despite the topic. I could easily picture some of the chapters as "almost drunk party conversations."

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