The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language
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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The first word: the search for the origins of languageUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Linguist and journalist Kenneally synthesizes linguistic scholarship regarding the evolution of language, namely, scholarship's development and current conclusions. She shares intriguing accounts of ... Read full review
Excellent and InsightfulUser Review - WestofLeft - Borders
This is a detailed and fascinating review of the course of the evolution of language, as well of the process of establishing that study as a legitimate area of inquiry. Kenneally sets out clearly what ... 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