Tuesday, November 22, 2011
61. The Secret Life of Pronouns : what our words say about us
Rated 3.5 Stars
This book is interesting but dry. Very dry. I am pretty much a word geek and I love words and language although you couldn't tell it from my own writing. But then I don't presume to be a writer, just a commenter. I would have been a lot happier with this book if the author had written it in a more interesting style. As it was it was just a dry statement of facts. It's the kind of book you would read for information only and not a book I, at any rate, would read for pleasure.
Draws on groundbreaking research in computational linguistics to explain what language choices reveal about feelings, self-concept, and social intelligence, in a lighthearted treatise that also explores the language personalities of famous individuals.
Discovering the secret life of the most forgettable words -- Ignoring the content, celebrating the style -- The words of sex, age, and power -- Personality : finding the person within -- Emotion detection -- Lying words -- The language of status, power, and leadership -- The language of love -- Seeing groups, companies, and communities through their words -- Word sleuthing -- Appendix: a handy guide for spotting and interpreting function words in the wild.