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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - lonepalm - LibraryThing
Not the last word: I enjoyed this book - a great range of anecdotes and examples that helped me to understand much about language that I had not known of before. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dickmanikowski - LibraryThing
While this wasn't the book I expected it to be, it was great. I'd expected something tracing modern languages back to their roots--Italian back to Latin back to that languages's Indo-European roots ... 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