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The Dawn of Language - How We Came to Talk

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"A model of popular-science writing" STEVEN POOLE Who was "the first speaker" and what was their first message? An erudite, tightly woven and beautifully written account of one of humanity''s greatest mysteries - the origins of language. Drawing on evidence from many fields, including archaeology, anthropology, neurology and linguistics, Sverker Johansson weaves these disparate threads together to show how our human ancestors evolved into language users. The Dawn of Language provides a fascinating survey of how grammar came into being and the differences or similarities between languages spoken around the world, before exploring how language eventually emerged in the very remote human past. Our intellectual and physiological changes through the process of evolution both have a bearing on our ability to acquire language. But to what extent is the evolution of language dependent on genes, or on environment? How has language evolved further, and how is it changing now, in the process of globalisation? And which aspects of language ensure that robots are not yet intelligent enough to reconstruct how language has evolved? Johansson''s far-reaching, authoritative and research-based approach to language is brought to life through dozens of astonishing examples, both human and animal, in a fascinatingly erudite and entertaining volume for anyone who has ever contemplated not just why we speak the way we do, but why we speak at all. Translated from the Swedish by Frank Perry

About the author

SVERKER JOHANSSON, Doctor of Philosophy in Physics and Master of Philosophy in Linguistics, was born 1961 in Lund in the southern parts of Sweden. He is a senior advisor at Dalarna University, has conducted research at CERN in Switzerland and participated in EVOLANG, the leading international conference for research on the origins and evolution of language, since 2006.
Through a bot that he programmed, Lsjbot, Johansson is behind an estimated 8% of all articles on Swedish Wikipedia, covering everything from fungi to municipalities in the Philippines.


An erudite, tightly woven and beautifully written account of one of humanity's greatest mysteries - the origins of language.

Product details

Authors Sverker Johansson
Assisted by Frank Perry (Translation)
Publisher Quercus Publishing
Languages English
Product format Paperback
Released 01.09.2022
EAN 9781529411416
ISBN 978-1-5294-1141-6
No. of pages 415
Dimensions 130 mm x 199 mm x 26 mm
Subjects Humanities, art, music > Linguistics and literary studies > General and comparative linguistics
Non-fiction book

Philosophy of Language, prehistory, PSYCHOLOGY / History, Social, group or collective psychology, Language: history and general works

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