The First Word: The Search For The Origins Of Language by Christine KenneallyThe First Word: The Search For The Origins Of Language by Christine Kenneally

The First Word: The Search For The Origins Of Language

byChristine Kenneally

Paperback | May 27, 2008

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An accessible exploration of a burgeoning new field: the incredible evolution of language

The first popular book to recount the exciting, very recent developments in tracing the origins of language, The First Word is at the forefront of a controversial, compelling new field. Acclaimed science writer Christine Kenneally explains how a relatively small group of scientists that include Noam Chomsky and Steven Pinker assembled the astounding narrative of how the fundamental process of evolution produced a linguistic ape?in other words, us. Infused with the wonder of discovery, this vital and engrossing book offers us all a better understanding of the story of humankind.
Author of The Invisible History of the Human Race and The First Word, Christine Kenneally is an award-winning journalist who has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, Slate, Time, New Scientist, The Monthly, and other publications. Before becoming a reporter, she received a PhD in linguistics from Cambridge University and a B...
Title:The First Word: The Search For The Origins Of LanguageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.74 inPublished:May 27, 2008Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143113747

ISBN - 13:9780143113744

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


Editorial Reviews

? A clear and splendidly written account of a new field of research on a central question about the human species.? ?Steven Pinker, author of The Blank Slate ? A crash course on imitation, gesture, abstract thought, and speech. . . . It is eminently worthy of attention.? ?Psychology Today ? Scientists who study the origins of language are a passionate, fractious bunch, and you don?t have to be an egghead to be tantalized by the questions that drive their research: how and when did we learn to speak, and to what extent is language a uniquely human attribute? What [Kenneally] describes is fascinating.? ?The New York Times Book Review