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Pilgrim in the Palace of Words

A Journey Through the 6,000 Languages of Earth

by Glenn Dixon

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list price: $24.99
also available: eBook
category: Travel
published: 2009
publisher: Dundurn
  • Winner, Dewey Diva Pick
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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 … 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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Contributor notes

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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Editorial Reviews

Pilgrim in the Palace of Words is a book that makes linguistics an enjoyable read by tying the authors own experiences together. From a nightmare at airport security to walking through ancient footsteps of civilizations long gone but not forgotten.

— GAP Adventure travel blog

Pilgrim in the Palace of Words works as classic travel literature. As a bonus, it's also a fascinating take on how languages mould and inform societies.

— Winnipeg Free Press

Pilgrim in the Palace of Words is certainly defined more by Dixon's first-person experiences, chance encounters and dialogue with strangers than academic theories.

— Calgary Herald, The

Pilgrim in the Palace of Words is immensely appealing to anyone with a yearning to travel, an interest in the worlds diverse cultures and a love of words. And there is enough adventure to satisfy even the most critical of armchair travelers.

— Chronicle-Herald, The
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About the Author

Glenn Dixon

Glenn Dixon is the #1 bestselling author of the memoir Juliet’s Answer. He has played in bands all his life, traveled through more than seventy-five countries, and written for National Geographic, the New York Post, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, and Psychology Today. Before becoming a full-time writer, he taught high school English for twenty years. He lives in Calgary with his girlfriend. Visit him at GlennDixon.ca or follow him on Twitter @Glenn_Dixon.
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