Language : The Cultural Tool (Hardcover)

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A bold and provocative study that presents language not as an innate component of the brain--as most linguists argue--but as a tool unique to each culture worldwide, and as essential to human society as fire.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780307378538
SKU 221236281
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0307378535
Release Date 3/13/2012
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.75H x 6.5L x 1.5T
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Editors Note A bold and provocative study that presents language not as an innate component of the brain—as most linguists argue—but as a tool unique to each culture world-wide, and as essential to human society as fire.For years the prevailing opinion among academics has been that language is embedded in our genes. Daniel Everett argues that, like other tools, language was invented by humans and can be reinvented or lost, and he makes clear how this tool is influenced by and expresses the variety of human societies and experiences. Combining anthropology, linguistics, psychology, and his own pioneering—and adventurous—research with the Amazonian Pirahã, Everett gives us an unprecedented elucidation of this society-defined nature of language. In doing so, he offers us a new understanding of our selves.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0351
Publisher Pantheon Books
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