The 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.

About The Author

Christine Kenneally was born in Australia and received her Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of Cambridge. She has written about language, science, and culture for publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, Scientific American, and Slate.

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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

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? 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