The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language (Google eBook)
An accessible exploration of a burgeoning new field: the incredible evolution of language
The first popular book to recount the exciting, very recent developments in tracing the origins of language, The First Word is at the forefront of a controversial, compelling new field. Acclaimed science writer Christine Kenneally explains how a relatively small group of scientists that include Noam Chomsky and Steven Pinker assembled the astounding narrative of how the fundamental process of evolution produced a linguistic ape?in other words, us. Infused with the wonder of discovery, this vital and engrossing book offers us all a better understanding of the story of humankind.
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Review: The First Word: The Search for the Origins of LanguageUser Review - Edward Ferrari - Goodreads
A handy overview and surprisingly readable considering the sheer volume of information here. Would recommend it as a good starting point for evolutionary linguistics. Read full review
Review: The First Word: The Search for the Origins of LanguageUser Review - Joe - Goodreads
It got very science-focused at times, which made parts of it hard to read. But its well worth the effort for anyone interested in linguistics, evolution, or linguistic evolution. It offers a wide-ranging, introductory look into a surprisingly-new field of study. Read full review
11 Your genes have human mutations
III WHAT EVOLVES?
12 Species evolve
13 Culture evolves
14 Why things evolve
IV WHERE NEXT?
15 The future of the debate