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to be someone in a language

A photo essay of non-representational linguistic idealism by Michael Cribb. Fifty three sumptuous spreads in full colour narrated and interpreted through inspirational quotes. The book builds on Hannah Arendt’s lamentation that we live in a language, not with a language. Language is the DNA of the mind and in language we experience our existence.

an experience makes its appearance only when it is being said and unless it is said it is, so to speak, non-existent

Hannah Arendt

It may seem strange to publish a book on language through a series of pictures but in many ways life is just that strangeness. We juxtapose the linguistic with the visual and interpret the visual through the linguistic. Life is a constant shift between the on-stage and off-stage performance which this book enacts. In some way the paradox is always with us even though we like to think we can see through it. In this book, I leave the paradox firmly in place for you to appreciate the beauty of the duality as it stands—it won’t always be there for you.

Michael Cribb

Includes free access to the online website that narrates and exemplifies linguistic idealism

The Author

Dr Michael Cribb is Assistant Professor of English Language at Coventry University in the United Kingdom. He has published widely on applied linguistics and political discourse analysis. His other books include the uniquely revealing It’s Language, Stupid: Unravelling the DNA of the mind and Slips of the Tongue from the Linguistic Graveyard.

Sumptuous colour due to high colour print process

Includes well-known artists such as Blake and Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh

William Blake

Hiroaki Takahashi

Edward Penfield

Winslow Homer

Julio Resende


Prairie Kittin



Alexander Svensson



… and more

On the web

View the book on Amazon

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