The Origin of Language: Tracing the Evolution of the Mother Tongue

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Wiley, May 6, 1994 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 239 pages
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"Ruhlen is a leader in the new attempt to unify the theory of language development and diffusion."末Library Journal

"A powerful statement...also a wonderfully clear exposition of linguistic thinking about prehistory."Anthropological Science

One of the world's foremost language researchers takes readers step-by-step through the hotly contested evidence that all modern languages derive from one "mother tongue" once spoken by primitive humans in Africa. With The Origin of Language, Merritt Ruhlen makes this fascinating science accessible to readers with no linguistic background.

MERRITT RUHLEN, PhD (Palo Alto, California) is the author of A Guide to the World's Languages

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User Review  - Michael Connolly - Goodreads

One of the most fascinating books that I have ever read. The author was a student of the late Joseph Greenberg of Stanford University. Some of their theories are not widely accepted by academics. But ... Read full review

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Don't read this book without a paper and pen, there are exercises that are worth the effort. Read full review

Contents

What Do We Mean by The Origin
1
Why Classification Succeeds
11
Voices from the Past
17
Copyright

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About the author (1994)

Ruhlen is an independent scholar and sometime teacher at Stanford University.

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