The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us
Publish date: 2012-03-12
Publisher: Tantor Media
Edition language: English
Great book! The author is a Linguistics professor who has pioneered use of computer-based word counting programs. If you have enough text from an individual, you can dump it into a computer program which will count all the words up to generate a statistically valid profile on the author. After anal...
The book is fascinating. Pennebaker is a psychologist, not a linguist, who takes advantage of computer analysis of texts to study how the words we use in our writing and in our speaking can be used to predict or explain behavior and he also covers other ways that the computer analysis of texts can b...
This book contains some Chaz Bono-level anecdotal evidence about the effects of testosterone on behavior. I kind of wanted to cry when I read the following (but maybe I've got too much naturally-occuring testosterone coursing through my biologically-female (or whatever) veins preventing me from cryi...
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Linguist buffs take note because this is not your typical word book. Its subject is not word origins, the evolution of language, or the fine points of grammar. Instead The Secret Life of Pronouns is more psychology than entomology. It explores and analyzes the little words we use, and author James...