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Going Nucular: Language, Politics, and Culture in Confrontational Times

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The words that echo through Geoffrey Nunberg's brilliant new journey across the landscape of American language evoke exactly the tenor of our times. Nunberg has a wonderful ear for the new, the comic and the absurd. He pronounces that: "‘Blog' is a syllable whose time has come," and that "You don't get to be a verb unless you're doing something right," with which he launches into the effect of Google on our collective consciousness. Nunberg hears the shifting use of "Gallic" as we suddenly find ourselves in bitter opposition to the French; perhaps only Nunberg could compare America the Beautiful with a Syrian national anthem that contains the line "A land resplendent with brilliant suns...almost like a sky centipede."

At the heart of the entertainment and linguistic slapstick that Nunberg delights in are the core concerns that have occupied American minds. "Going Nucular," the title piece, is more than a bit of fun at the President's expense. Nunberg's analysis is as succinct a summary of the questions that hover over the administration's strategy as any political insider's. It exemplifies the message of the book: that in the smallest ticks and cues of language the most important issue and thoughts of our times can be heard and understood. If you know how to listen for them. Nunberg has dazzling receptors, perfect acoustics and a deftly elegant style to relay his wit and wisdom.

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The "Fresh Air" commentator and New York Times contributor artfully shows how our use of language reveals the true mindset of contemporary America

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In his feisty and humorous essays, Nunberg cracks the codes embedded in many familiar terms used in media, business, technology, and politics to reveal unexpected insights about America's fractious society.

About the Author

Geoffrey Nunberg is a senior researcher at the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University and a Consulting Full Professor of Linguistics at Stanford University. He is chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary. Since 1989, he has done a regular language feature on NPR's "Fresh Air," and more recently he has been doing regular features about language and topical issues for the Sunday New York Times "Week in Review."

Product Details

ISBN:
9781586483456
Author:
Nunberg, Geoffrey
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Author:
Nunberg, Geoff
Subject:
Semantics
Subject:
Sociolinguistics
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Linguistics - Semantics
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 14 oz

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