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."––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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THE ORIGIN OF LANGAUGE: Tracing the Evolution of the Mother Tongue

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A world-class linguist demonstrates similarities among the globe's 5,000 languages to argue the case for a single, unifying Mother Tongue. Ruhlen (A Guide to the World's Languages, not reviewed) lets ... Read full review

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Very very interesting, marred slightly by being a polemic. The first few chapters, describing how language families are constructed, what the families are, and how the superfamilies are created, are ... Read full review


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

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