Steiner, George. Language and Silence: Essays on Language, Literature, and the Inhuman. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998
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xiv, 426 pp.; 21 cm.
How do we evaluate the power and utility of language when it has been made to articulate falsehoods in certain totalitarian regimes or has been charged with vulgarity and imprecision in a mass-consumer democracy? How will language react to the increasingly urgent claims of more exact speech such as mathematics and symbolic notation? These are some of the questions Steiner addresses in this elegantly written book, first published in 1967 to international acclaim.