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The Resource The tongue of Adam, Abdelfattah Kilito ; translated from the French by Robyn Creswell ; foreword by Marina Warner

The tongue of Adam, Abdelfattah Kilito ; translated from the French by Robyn Creswell ; foreword by Marina Warner

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The tongue of Adam
Title
The tongue of Adam
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Abdelfattah Kilito ; translated from the French by Robyn Creswell ; foreword by Marina Warner
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  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
In the beginning there was one language--one tongue that Adam used to compose the first poem, an elegy for Abel. "These days, no one bothers to ask about the tongue of Adam. It is a naive question, vaguely embarrassing and irksome, like questions posed by children, which one can only answer rather stupidly." So begins Abdelfattah Kilito's The Tongue of Adam, a delightful series of lectures. With a Borgesian flair for riddles, stories, and subtle scholarly distinctions, Kilito presents an assortment of discussions related to Adam's tongue, including translation, comparative religion, and lexicography: for example, how, from Babel onward, can we explain the plurality of language? Or can Adam's poetry be judged aesthetically, the same as any other poem? Drawing from the commentators of the Koran to Walter Benjamin, from the esoteric speculations of Judaism to Herodotus, The Tongue of Adam is a nimble book about the mysterious rise of humankind's multilingualism
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A playful and erudite look at the origins of language from Kilito's series of lectures
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10544617
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DLC
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1945-
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Kilito, Abdelfattah
Dewey number
417/.7
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1946-
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  • Creswell, Robyn
  • Warner, Marina
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True
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  • Adam
  • Adam
  • Adam
  • Language and languages
  • Historical linguistics
  • Arabic literature
  • Adam (Biblical figure) in the Qurʼan
  • Arabic literature
  • Historical linguistics
  • Language and languages
  • Language and languages
  • PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Medieval
  • RELIGION / Comparative Religion
  • RELIGION / Islam / History
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adult
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The tongue of Adam, Abdelfattah Kilito ; translated from the French by Robyn Creswell ; foreword by Marina Warner
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  • "A New Directions paperbook (NDP1361)."
  • "Published originally in French as 'La langue D'Adam' by Éditions Toubkal"--Title-page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 91-98)
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volume
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nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Control code
ocn940362000
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
xiii, 98 pages
Isbn
9780811224932
Lccn
2016021272
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)940362000
Label
The tongue of Adam, Abdelfattah Kilito ; translated from the French by Robyn Creswell ; foreword by Marina Warner
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "A New Directions paperbook (NDP1361)."
  • "Published originally in French as 'La langue D'Adam' by Éditions Toubkal"--Title-page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 91-98)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn940362000
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
xiii, 98 pages
Isbn
9780811224932
Lccn
2016021272
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)940362000

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