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A history of language

Author: Steven R Fischer
Publisher: London, UK : Reaktion Books Ltd, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"It is tempting to take the tremendous rate of comtemporary linguistic change for granted. What is required, in fact, is a radical reinterpretation of what language is. Steven Roger Fischer charts the history of language from the times of Homo erectus, Neanderthal humans and Homo sapiens through to the nineteenth century, when the science of linguistics was developed, as he analyses the emergence of language as a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven R Fischer
ISBN: 1780239033 9781780239033
OCLC Number: 1004762344
Notes: Originally published in 1999.
New Zealand author.
Description: 270 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Animal Communication and 'Language' --
Talking Apes --
First Families --
Written Language --
Lineages --
Towards a Science of Language --
Society and Language --
Future Indicative.
Responsibility: Steven Roger Fischer.

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`Steven Fischer's intriguing and ambitious study explores a vast terrain . . . Throughout, he addresses hard questions that bear directly on fundamental and distinctive aspects of human nature and Read more...

 
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