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Language and Human Nature by Mark Halpern
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Sep 05, 2007

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This has been sitting by my bed for the past few months, and I don't think I'm ever going to finish it. It's one of those academic vanity press publications that we get mailings about at work from time to time, and I saw the title and assumed it would be about theories related to the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis. Once again, not reading the synopsis bites me in the ass - it's a Safire Lite screed about how linguistic prescription is the only logical position to take in discussions of usage, and how the majority of big-name linguists are wrong, wrong, wrong.

I really tried to give this a chance, but it somehow managed to be both catty and boring, so while I won't give it a rating, I won't recommend it either.

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