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The story of human language. Part 1 of 3

Author: John H McWhorter; Teaching Company.
Publisher: Chantilly, VA : Teaching Co., ©2004.
Series: Great courses (Compact disc)
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In-depth discussions about the development of human language, showing how a single tongue spoken 150,000 years ago evolved into the estimated 6,000 languages used around the world today. Discover how different languages come to be; why there is not a single language; how languages change; how some languages become extinct; and, discover current controversies in linguistics.
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: John H McWhorter; Teaching Company.
ISBN: 1565859472 9781565859470
OCLC Number: 58836807
Notes: Compact discs.
Part 1 of 3 parts. Contains the lectures 1-12 of 36 lectures on the history of language.
12 lectures.
Guidebook includes notes and outline, timeline, glossary and bibliographical references.
Performer(s): Lecture delivered by John McWhorter, Manhattan Institute.
Description: 6 audio discs (approximately 360 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 course guidebook (74 pages ; 22 cm).
Contents: Lecture 1. What Is language? --
Lecture 2. When language began --
Lecture 3. How language changes, sound change --
Lecture 4. How language changes, building new material --
Lecture 5. How language changes, meaning and order --
Lecture 6. How language changes, many directions --
Lecture 7. How language changes, modern English --
Lecture 8. Language families, Indo-European --
Lecture 9. Language families, tracing Indo-European --
Lecture 10. Language families, diversity of structures --
Lecture 11. Language families, clues to the past --
Lecture 12. The case against the world's first language.
Series Title: Great courses (Compact disc)
Responsibility: John McWhorter.

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In-depth discussions about the development of human language, showing how a single tongue spoken 150,000 years ago evolved into the estimated 6,000 languages used around the world today. Discover how different languages come to be; why there is not a single language; how languages change; how some languages become extinct; and, discover current controversies in linguistics.

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