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How Language Began: The Story of Humanity's Greatest Invention.


How Language Began: The Story of Humanity's Greatest Invention

Daniel L. Everett

Liveright Publishing


330 pages




Everett finds a story with a long pedigree in the sciences related to language evolutionAaAaAeA anthropology, linguistics, cognitive scienc paleoneurology, archaeology, biology, neuroscience and primatology. His interpretations are informed by 40 years of field research on languages and cultures of North, Central, and South America, particularly with hunter-gatherers of the British Amazon. He does not believe that language is an instinct, innate, or inborn. His research suggests that language began with Homo erectus more than a million years ago and has existed for 60,000 generations. Erectus communities invented symbols and language. Homo sapiens improved on what erectus did, but there are languages still spoken today that are reminiscent of the first ever spoken, and they are not inferior to other modern languages. Erectus also invented the other pillar of human cognition: culture. The book offers a unique, wide-ranging story of the evolutionary history of language as a human inventionAaAaAeA from the emergence of our species to the more than 7,0 languages spoken today. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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