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The Magic of Metaphor: What Children’s Minds Reveal about the Evolution of the Imagination
The Magic of Metaphor: What Children’s Minds Reveal about the Evolution of the Imagination

“Metaphorical thinking … is essential to how we communicate, learn, discover, and invent.”

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Scandal, Censorship, Science: How Darwin Shaped Our Understanding of Why Language Exists
Scandal, Censorship, Science: How Darwin Shaped Our Understanding of Why Language Exists

What The Origin of Species and the love of dogs reveal about comprehension and cognition.

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Stephen King on Writing, Fear, and the Atrocity of Adverbs
Stephen King on Writing, Fear, and the Atrocity of Adverbs

“I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing.”

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How We Got “Please” and “Thank You”
How We Got “Please” and “Thank You”

Why the line between politeness and bossiness is a linguistic mirage.

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Gender Politics and the English Language, Pete Seeger Edition
Gender Politics and the English Language, Pete Seeger Edition

“Building a new and livable world will necessitate thousands of little changes.”

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The Speech Chain: A Vintage Illustrated Guide to the Science of Language
The Speech Chain: A Vintage Illustrated Guide to the Science of Language

A mid-century primer on how verbal messages progress from the mind of the speaker to the mind of the listener.

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