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It is tempting to take the tremendous rate of contemporary linguistic change for granted What is reuired in fact is a radical reinterpretation of what language is Steven Roger Fischer begins his book with an examination of the modes of communication used by dolphins birds and primates as the first contexts in which the concept of language might be applied As he charts the h. Feels like the history of linguistics than language Personally it s lacking aspects of how languages affects human thoughts and emotions

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History of Language Reaktion Books Globalities

Tising and the media are having on language today Looking to the future he shows how electronic media will continue to reshape and re invent the ways in which we communicatea delightful and unexpectedly accessible book a virtuoso tour of the linguistic world The Economist few who read this remarkable study will regard language in uite the same way again The Good Book Guid. The history of language is a fascinating thing It s a tough thing to trace in some cultures where writing wasn t developed and where writing was developed we can only guess what it sounded like before audio recording euipment was developed This book give a good history of all we know about language starting from first principles of where language developed and how it works in lower animals The evolution of European languages is what I was most interested in and I m pleased with the depth that Fischer goes into Prose is a difficult medium to use to get across the spread of languages though and I think that better use of diagrams and maps would have been in order Ideally an animation would be the only way to truly explain itThe only other problem I had with this book was the chapter about the history of the study of linguistics which I didn t find terribly interesting and I skipped to the end of that partStill a good read though

Steven Roger Fischer Õ 3 read

Istory 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 Fischer analyses the emergence of language as a science and its development as a written form He considers the rise of pidgin creole jargon and slang as well as the effects radio and television propaganda adver. Outstanding book does a wonderful job of giving a broad overview of the field Although if you are unfamiliar to linguistic then a device with Google is essential


10 thoughts on “History of Language Reaktion Books Globalities

  1. says:

    This review also appears on my blog wwwsilashruparellcomMy one liner Linguistics for the layman Families lineages and some syntax and grammar deconstruction to show us how the principal language groups have evolved And some crystal ba

  2. says:

    Highly informative If one is ever curious about the evolution of language this book should be read As far I will always remember from the book that is our cultural interactions and word transfers from different languages beyond an assimilation an enrichment Though this aspect should have been discussed clear while there

  3. says:

    Feels like the history of linguistics than language Personally it's lacking aspects of how languages affects human thoughts and emotions

  4. says:

    Outstanding book does a wonderful job of giving a broad overview of the field Although if you are unfamiliar to linguistic then a device with Google is essential

  5. says:

    Interesting if you are an SLP major

  6. says:

    The information contained in the book is very interesting but the prose It's like reading Wikipedia

  7. says:

    I liked that the book began with a thorough analysis of the vocalizations and gestures of non human animalsthat allowed the story to continue building one what humans do with language that is remarkable and uniue The chapter on writing was good and in general Fisher does a really good job keeping his eye on the real subject how language is used and doesn't fall into traps about how it is represented I have to

  8. says:

    The history of language is a fascinating thing It's a tough thing to trace in some cultures where writing wasn'

  9. says:

    Interesting for those who are interested in the subject me but it's not always an easy tiptoe through the linguistic tulips Aimed at those with a general knowledge of language who are going on to a deeper study of

  10. says:

    A fascinating and well rounded book I aspire to be a multi linguist and reading this book has really improved my acuisition and ability to communicate in foreign languages even though it's a history book and has nothing to do with the