[KINDLE] The Unfolding of Language An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention by Guy Deutscher


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  • The Unfolding of Language An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention
  • Guy Deutscher
  • English
  • 15 October 2020
  • 9780805080124

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The Unfolding of Language An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention Free read ☆ 104 Rs enormous vocabularies and intricately nuanced degrees of meaningDrawing on recent groundbreaking discoveries in modern linguistics Deutscher exposes the elusive forces of creation at work in human communication giving us fresh insight into how language emerges evolves and decays He traces the evolution of linguistic complexity from an early Me Tarzan stage to such elaborate single word constructions as the Turkish sehirlilestiremediklerimizdensiniz you are one of those whom we couldn't turn. Dr Deutscher has done a scholarly thorough discussion on the roots of language but I believe he started too late in time I m of the persuasion that language involves than the spoken word I find body language which proponents argue communicate half of what we speak facial expressions think FACS FBI microexpressions movement to be as telling of a person s intentions as words Sometimes so Yet he argues language was born when we could prove it was born for how can anyone presume to know what went on in prehistoric times without indulging in make believe impressive range of theories circulating for how the first words emerged from shouts and calls from hand gestures and sign language from the ability to imitateThe point is that as long as there is no evidence all these scenarios remain just so stories Or deductive reasoning Something the modern brain excels at This despite the fact that his cover includes the popular ape man imageStill he adds humor and a highly intelligent discussion I thoroughly enjoyed

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The Unfolding of Language An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention Free read ☆ 104 Into a town dweller Arguing that destruction and creation in language are intimately entwined Deutscher shows how these processes are continuously in operation generating new words new structures and new meaningsAs entertaining as it is erudite The Unfolding of Language moves nimbly from ancient Babylonian to American idiom from the central role of metaphor to the staggering triumph of design that is the Semitic verb to tell the dramatic story and explain the genius behind a uniuely human facul. A couple of days ago I finished reading The Unfolding of Language An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind s Greatest Invention by Guy Deutscher Wow it s exhausting just to say the name imagine what it felt like to read the book But seriously the work is intellectually challenging and often provoked me to engage in thoughts on the ever changing state of human language And yes metaphors are the erodent of language in case you were wondering Many times I found myself reminiscing about the complexity of the ancestral expressions By the way anyone who thinks modern language is intricate than say Latin or ancient Babylonian needs to pick up this book Mr Deutscher s analysis seemed logical enough to make me a believer that dead languages were a lot elouent than modern ones But this is where interesting stops and tedious begins I felt this book was geared toward students in linguistics as oppose to the average reader my apologies to the author but I m a graduate in business At times it seemed Mr Deutscher couldn t make up his mind on what to include in the actual body of the book and what to leave in the Appendixes and trust me there is a lot that should ve been left in the Appendixes For example consonances and grammatical rules of African languages did little to entice my eagerness to immerse myself in the constructs of language Often I had to go back and reread some pages forcing myself to ascertain their usefulness and applicability in my daily life unsuccessfully if I may add I expected the evolutionary tour to include historical aspects of the human evolution butoh well Unfortunately I wouldn t recommend this book Instead for those readers interested in introductory material into the evolution of language masterfully coupled with historical analysis I recommend Genes Peoples and Languages by Luigi Luca Cavalli Sforza

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The Unfolding of Language An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention Free read ☆ 104 Blending the spirit of Eats Shoots Leaves with the science of The Language Instinct an original inuiry into the development of that most essential and mysterious of human creations LanguageLanguage is mankind's greatest invention except of course that it was never invented So begins linguist Guy Deutscher's enthralling investigation into the genesis and evolution of language If we started off with rudimentary utterances on the level of man throw spear how did we end up with sophisticated gramma. I admit it I love language Despite this I ve been astonishingly slow to pick up the overall history and shape of language I ve picked bits of the history of English Celts Germans French vowel shift but never the overall picture of how languages change I didn t even realize that beyond we are lazy buggers and mangle words that it had been codifiedBoy was I wrongAs I read this book I kept pausing to relate bits of what I d learned to my kids The author points to two great tectonic forces in language contraction and metaphor As we lazily pronounce words they shrink because we favour the shorter versions As we need new meanings either for new concepts or simply because old meanings have lost rhetorical force we create them from old words using metaphor These forces erosion and construction keep languages aliveDeutscher backs this up with oodles of evidence The killer revelation for me is that erosion is PREDICTABLE Holy shit As languages emerged from their common indoeuropean ancestor their consonants all decayed in similar ways For example p becomes f So the relationship between Father and Pater is as between fish and pesce food and ped first and premier Entire relationships between euivalent words in different languages became apparent to me within the space of one chapterThis rule is so solid that it predicted the existence of a new consonant in indoeuropean the missing link between some euivalent words in modern languages The story of how that was found is one of many holy crap moments in this book Oh and who discovered that law of decaying consonants One of the Brothers Grimm Language is beautiful it s alive and it s fascinating Read this book


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    [KINDLE] The Unfolding of Language An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention by Guy Deutscher Read & Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook á Guy Deutscher Dr Deutscher has done a scholarly thorough discussion on the roots of language but I believe he started too late in time I'm of the persuasion that language involves than the spoken word I find body language which proponents argue communicate half of what we speak facial expressions think FACS FBI microexpressions movement to be as

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    Read & Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook á Guy Deutscher Guy Deutscher á 4 Free read [KINDLE] The Unfolding of Language An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention by Guy Deutscher Brilliant A strong reasoning combined with good research and a clear proseDeutscher explains the historical development of languages based on four dynamicsi Erosion Every language has an innate tendency to distort the consonants shorten the words shed the suffixes merge two or three words etcii Creation Then for expressive purposes languages

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    [KINDLE] The Unfolding of Language An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention by Guy Deutscher By far the best tour of linguistics for the layman as pertaining to the development of language Many books which delve in

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    [KINDLE] The Unfolding of Language An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention by Guy Deutscher This started out as a strong 4 star book possibly going up to a 5 but as I slogged through the details on fricatives and declension and glottal stops and the structure of Semitic verbs it steadily declined and by the end I was tempted to give it a 2 Rather than any indication of inconsistent effort and presentation on behalf of its skilled

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    [KINDLE] The Unfolding of Language An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention by Guy Deutscher 22 Mar 2019This is not a good book for reading on a kindle or a phone or even a small tablet The problem is that the text is strewn with examples that the text discusses These examples which are often in languages

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