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The Unfolding of Language : An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention (Paperback)

Author: Deutscher, Guy

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Language is mankinds greatest invention--except, of course, that it was never invented. So begins linguist Deutschers investigation into the genesis and evolution of language. If we started off with rudimentary utterances on the level of man throw spear, how did we end up with sophisticated grammars, enormous vocabularies, and intricately nuanced degrees of meaning? Drawing on recent discoveries in linguistics, Deutscher exposes the elusive forces of creation at work in human communication, giving us fresh insight into how language emerges, evolves, and decays. He traces the evolution of linguistic complexity from an early Me Tarzan stage to such elaborate single-word constructions as the Turkish sehirlilestiremediklerimizdensiniz ( you are one of those whom we couldnt turn into a town dweller ). He shows how the processes of destruction and creation are continuously in operation, generating new words, new structures, and new meanings.--From publisher description. *Author: Deutscher, Guy *Subtitle: An Evolutionary Tour of Mankinds Greatest Invention *Publication Date: 2006/05/02 *Number of Pages: 358 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 6.25 *Height: 9.25

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Publisher Henry Holt & Co
Mfg Part# 9780805080124
SKU 202084486
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0805080120
Release Date 4/10/2007
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