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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Review: The First Word: The Search for the Origins of LanguageUser Review - Emma - Goodreads
I'm very interested in this topic, but this book's strange structure (switching from individuals to concepts as chapters) is difficult to follow. The writing's quite muddled, too: whole paragraphs seem to say nothing. Putting it down for now—maybe I'll skim the rest at some point. Read full review
Review: The First Word: The Search for the Origins of LanguageUser Review - Jimmy Ele - Goodreads
“Language is the real information highway, the first virtual world. Language is the worldwide web, and everyone is logged on.” The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language is a great book ... 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