How Languages Changed My Life

by Project MEITS, Editor Heather Martin & Editor Wendy Ayres-Bennett


Formats

Softcover
$14.99
E-Book
$3.99
Hardcover
$30.95
Softcover
$14.99

Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/12/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 192
ISBN : 9781480884571
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 192
ISBN : 9781480884588
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 192
ISBN : 9781480884564

About the Book

How Languages Changed My Life is a collection of stories exploring the importance of languages in shaping the lives of individuals and communities around the world. It brings together writers and musicians, politicians and activists, teachers, students, scientists, comedians, and sportspeople whose experiences are both unique and exemplary. The first-person voices are conversational, intimate and uplifting, but also often very funny and deeply moving.

This book is for anyone who loves real-life stories; is interested in languages, culture, and adventure; and believes in global citizenship. It embraces more than forty different languages and offers a kaleidoscope of individual views that collectively make the case for linguistic diversity being as essential to our survival as biodiversity.

Irrespective of age and background, whether as first-time learners or professional polyglots, all our storytellers testify to how languages have inspired and empowered them. How Languages Changed My Life is a book for our times, reminding us that what we have in common is always greater than our differences.


About the Author

Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS) is a flagship research programme that brings together leading researchers in languages from across the United Kingdom. It seeks to demonstrate the value of languages both to individuals and to societies and the importance of speaking more than one language.