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Bastard tongues : a trailblazing linguist finds clues to our common humanity in the world's lowliest languages

Author: Derek Bickerton
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Bastard tongues is an exciting firsthand story of scientific discovery in an area of research close to the heart of what it means to be human - what language is, how it works, and how it passes from generation to generation, even in places where historical accidents have made normal transmission almost impossible. The story focuses on languages so low in the pecking order that many people don't regard them as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
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Bickerton, Derek.
Bastard tongues.
New York : Hill and Wang, 2008
(OCoLC)949637359
Named Person: Derek Bickerton; Derek Bickerton; Derek Bickerton
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Derek Bickerton
ISBN: 9780809028177 0809028174 9780809028160 0809028166
OCLC Number: 144570830
Description: 270 pages : map ; 24 cm
Contents: Becoming a linguist --
Grappling with Guyana --
A different kind of system --
Colombia before cocaine --
The road to the isles --
Under the rainbow --
From pidgin to Creole --
The forbidden experiment --
After the island --
The infernal machine --
Surinam : the crucible --
Seychelles and serials --
Hawaii's hidden history --
Coda.
Responsibility: Derek Bickerton.
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"One of the field's old lions, he has spent the last four decades studying pidgins and Creoles and writing a few novels on the side. A self-described macho "street linguist" for whom fieldwork is Read more...

 
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