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How Language Began: The Story of Humanity's Greatest Invention By Daniel L. Everett,

  • Title: How Language Began: The Story of Humanity's Greatest Invention
  • Author: Daniel L. Everett
  • ISBN: 9780871407955
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mankind has a distinct advantage over other terrestrial species we talk to one another But how did we acquire the most advanced form of communication on Earth Daniel L Everett, a bombshell linguist and instant folk hero Tom Wolfe, Harper s , provides in this sweeping history a comprehensive examination of the evolutionary story of language, from the earliest speakMankind has a distinct advantage over other terrestrial species we talk to one another But how did we acquire the most advanced form of communication on Earth Daniel L Everett, a bombshell linguist and instant folk hero Tom Wolfe, Harper s , provides in this sweeping history a comprehensive examination of the evolutionary story of language, from the earliest speaking attempts by hominids to the than seven thousand languages that exist today.Although fossil hunters and linguists have brought us closer to unearthing the true origins of language, Daniel Everett s discoveries have upended the contemporary linguistic world, reverberating far beyond academic circles While conducting field research in the ian rainforest, Everett came across an age old language nestled amongst a tribe of hunter gatherers Challenging long standing principles in the field, Everett now builds on the theory that language was not intrinsic to our species In order to truly understand its origins, a interdisciplinary approach is needed one that accounts as much for our propensity for culture as it does our biological makeup.Language began, Everett theorizes, with Homo Erectus, who catalyzed words through culturally invented symbols Early humans, as their brains grew larger, incorporated gestures and voice intonations to communicate, all of which built on each other for 60,000 generations Tracing crucial shifts and developments across the ages, Everett breaks down every component of speech, from harnessing control of than a hundred respiratory muscles in the larynx and diaphragm, to mastering the use of the tongue Moving on from biology to execution, Everett explores why elements such as grammar and storytelling are not nearly as critical to language as one might suspect.In the book s final section, Cultural Evolution of Language, Everett takes the ever debated language gap to task, delving into the chasm that separates us from the animals He approaches the subject from various disciplines, including anthropology, neuroscience, and archaeology, to reveal that it was social complexity, as well as cultural, physiological, and neurological superiority, that allowed humans with our clawless hands, breakable bones, and soft skin to become the apex predator.How Language Began ultimately explains what we know, what we d like to know, and what we likely never will know about how humans went from mere communication to language Based on nearly forty years of fieldwork, Everett debunks long held theories by some of history s greatest thinkers, from Plato to Chomsky The result is an invaluable study of what makes us human.
    How Language Began The Story of Humanity s Greatest Invention Mankind has a distinct advantage over other terrestrial species we talk to one another But how did we acquire the most advanced form of communication on Earth Daniel L Everett a bombshell linguist an

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    1. As someone with an interest in both science and language, How Language Began seemed an ideal combination which managed to intrigue and disappoint me in equal measures.Let s get that disappointment out the way first, as it s hardly the fault of Daniel Everett This isn t really science and so the title of the book is rather misleading, but I suppose One possibility for how language began wouldn t be as punchy It s hard to see how this could be science Our ideas on the exact detail of hominin homin [...]

    2. This is another pop science, hyped, empty, over produced, under researched, non book that will make your wallet lighter and your brain emptier Written in the style of a newspaper feature article, this book is just as disposable as your daily tabloid, but with less useful alternative uses.Anybody picking this book up would be forgiven for thinking that D.Everett was a 21st century prophet, with selected praise including A book whose importance is almost impossible to overstate and Revelatory.The [...]

    3. This book started strong, blending insight and attention grabbing anecdotes, but as it continued it became highly repetitive and a little less cohesive than I d have liked Overall interesting book, but definitely gets a bit harder to engage with as it goes on.

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