Pilgrim in the Palace of Words is about language, about the words that splash and chatter across our tongues. Some six thousand languages are still spoken on the planet, and author Glenn Dixon - an expert is socio-linguistics and a tireless adventurer - travels to the Earth's four corners to explore the way these languages create and mould societies. As one philosopher said, languages are Houses of Being. After doing graduate work in linguistics, Dixon wanted to visit these houses or ''''palaces'''' himself - to stroll along their sidewalks, knock on their doors, and peek in their windows. He wanted to see what they were hiding in their basements â€¦ even if it meant a little bit of trouble. In some cases, a whole lot of trouble! Join him on his adventure as, with wit and humour, he works toward a real understanding of how and why we communicate the way we do in the Global Village.
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About the Author
Glenn Dixon has published travel articles in major publications such as National Geographic, the New York Post, The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, and Psychology Today. An expert on language with an M.A. in socio-linguistics, he is currently a language consultant with the Calgary Board of Education. He lives in Calgary.
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Pilgrim in the Palace of Words: A Journey Through the 6,000 Languages of Earth based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This is a wonderful though-provoking book, written in an accessible and personal style. It has humor, usually when the author is laughing at himself and some sad parts. It makes you think about our world and how people can be very kind or very cruel to each other. Its a book about languages, but mostly about culture and shared experience.
Quite an entertaining book, though Dixon has a habit of repeating himself. he others a definition for agglutinated two or three times. Dixon's use of metaphor and language in general is excellent but at all times is he clear. His enlightened view of different cultures is wonderful and refreshing. His examinations of language are the most fascinating aspect of the text. If you have an interest in other cultures, other languages or just travel literature, read it.
I loved this book. It's funny but it's also informative. I turned to my wife many, many times to say "Hey, you gotta here this." A great book for anyone who likes travelling.