The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu

The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu

by Dan Jurafsky


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393240832
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/15/2014
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 692,299
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Dan Jurafsky, a recipient of a MacArthur "Genius Grant," is professor and chair of linguistics and professor of computer science at Stanford University. He and his wife live in San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 How to Read a Menu 1

2 Entrée 21

3 From Sikbaj to Fish and Chips 35

4 Ketchup, Cocktails, and Pirates 49

5 A Toast to Toast 64

6 Who Are You Calling a Turkey? 78

7 Sex, Drugs, and Sushi Rolls 92

8 Potato Chips and the Nature of the Self 107

9 Salad, Salsa, and the Flour of Chivalry 117

10 Macaroon, Macaron, Macaroni 130

11 Sherbet, Fireworks, and Mint Juleps 144

12 Does This Name Make Me Sound Fat?

Why Ice Cream and Crackers Have Different Names 159

13 Why the Chinese Don't Have Dessert 171

Epilogue 187

Notes 191

References 211

Acknowledgments 229

Image Credits 231

Index 233

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