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The Resource The unfolding of language : an evolutionary tour of mankind's greatest invention

The unfolding of language : an evolutionary tour of mankind's greatest invention

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The unfolding of language : an evolutionary tour of mankind's greatest invention
Title
The unfolding of language
Title remainder
an evolutionary tour of mankind's greatest invention
Statement of responsibility
Guy Deutscher
Title variation
unfolding of language
Title variation remainder
an evolutionary tour of mankinds greatest invention
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Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
"Language is mankind's greatest invention--except, of course, that it was never invented." So begins linguist Deutscher's 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 couldn't 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
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262688
Cataloging source
DLC
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Deutscher, Guy
Dewey number
301
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Language and languages
  • Language and languages
  • Linguistic change
  • Semantics, Comparative
  • Metaphor
  • Order (Grammar)
Target audience
adult
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an evolutionary tour of mankind's greatest invention
Label
The unfolding of language : an evolutionary tour of mankind's greatest invention
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
ocm57311730
Extent
p. cm.
Isbn
9780805079074
Lccn
2004065607
System control number
(Sirsi) ADQ-2950
Label
The unfolding of language : an evolutionary tour of mankind's greatest invention
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
ocm57311730
Extent
p. cm.
Isbn
9780805079074
Lccn
2004065607
System control number
(Sirsi) ADQ-2950

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