Guy Deutscher: The Unfolding of Language An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention



T had a genial chat with a great conversationalist Dr Deutscher has done a scholarly thorough discussion on the roots of anguage but I believe he started too The Dragon in the Clock Box late in time I m of the persuasion thatanguage involves than the spoken word I find body My Amazing Dinosaur (Tib Tumtum, 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 arguesanguage 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 The Nazi Revolution language from the ability to imitateThe point is that asong 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 I need to begin this review by stating emphatically what this book is not Despite its somewhat misleading cover it is not a scientific description of how Bloods a Rover (American Underworld Trilogy language emerged in evolution how grunting developed into speech If that is what you areooking for you will not find it here as the author states there is no real evidence on which to determine that seuence of events What this book is however is an utterly fascinating well grounded exploration of the basic principles which shape the course of anguage development followed by a theoretical account of how anguage Wylde Bears (Wylde Bears, likely evolved from the basic man rock throwevel to its current state by applying those same principles Using examples from various Cooking Light Lazy Gourmet languages around the world at different stages throughout recorded history the author presents a veryogical and convincing explanation as to how anguages have developed and changed through three simple principles economy expressiveness and analogy Through these simple principles one can explain the emergence of case systems word classes and even complex grammatical structures in fact all the elements which are present in anguage I highly recommend this book to all fellow Archies Americana, Vol. 1 linguaphiles. Into a town dweller Arguing that destruction and creation inanguage 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.

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An The Book Thief languages didittle to entice my eagerness to immerse myself in the constructs of Talk to Me language Often I had to go back and reread some pages forcing myself to ascertain their usefulness and applicability in my dailyife 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 Silver Mortal (The Gracen Chronicles, language masterfully coupled with historical analysis I recommend Genes Peoples and Languages by Luigi Luca Cavalli Sforza By far the best tour ofinguistics for the Educating for the New World Order layman as pertaining to the development ofanguage Many books which delve into this meaty topic provide a Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock lot of cute examples of etymology without a really coherent exposition of the processes that have shaped the structure ofanguage and how The Character Of An Upright Man linguists uncovered them Professor Deutscher does aively job of bringing the general reader s attention to the tendencies that have shaped the development of Mr. Malcolms List language erosion emphasis and metaphor Aesser popularizer of GURPS Conspiracy X linguistics might again provide us with some whimsical just so stories of how certain words got that way and indeed Deutscher does it with an amiable sense of humor but his true achievement is showing us how these forces may have made grammar the way it is though skirting neurology and trying not to delve too unnecessarily into the story of generative grammar as well as giving a pleasant taste of the massive dose of inspiration that 19th century Europeaninguists reuired to arrive at these insights I m Just One Golden Kiss looking at you SaussureThis brings us to the word evolutionary in the title Having built the groundwork for understanding how sounds and sense might shift in our own sloppy present day English he presents an example ofanguage structure that could only have been carefully planned out the imposing edifice of Semitic verb structure possessed of such elegance that it must have been handed down on stone tablets right Wrong In any case the arguments are sophisticated but they follow along the same The Tyranny of Guilt lines asess daunting aspects of our own familiar English Meanwhile the writing style ought to Phantom Encounters leave anyover of Eat Your Way Through the USA language feeling that they ve jus. Rs enormous vocabularies and intricately nuanced degrees of meaningDrawing on recent groundbreaking discoveries in moderninguistics Deutscher exposes the elusive forces of creation at work in human communication giving us fresh insight into how My Dirty Janitor Book 4 language emerges evolves and decays He traces the evolution ofinguistic 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.

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I ve Stories from Spain / Historias de España learned a bunch of interesting things through this bookike how the forces of destruction and construction are continuously combined to shape Spanish-American Short Stories / Cuentos hispanoamericanos language and the ubiuitous presence of metaphors all along Another interesting aspect is the realization of mankind s inclination for doing withess and the need for order reflected in the constant evolution of Broken Bear language It s also worth noticing the highly complex framework of Semiticanguages as well as how basic choices in the verb object order can ultimately define the overall structure of an idiom Turkish vs EnglishThe book demonstrates very well how complex and dynamic the edifice of Enna Burning language isWith all that good stuff however I felt disengaged on the second half of the book and skipped some parts due to the enormous amount of details devoted to certain topics and the author s desire to go to the bottom of some idea I am pretty sure such aspects are very relevant to people closer to the realm but it s too much information for someone simply touring through 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 feltike 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 Hatter language And yes metaphors are the erodent ofanguage 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 Paint the Wind language is intricate than say Latin or ancient Babylonian needs to pick up this book Mr Deutscher s analysis seemedogical enough to make me a believer that dead Wayne languages were aot elouent than modern ones But this is where interesting stops and tedious begins I felt this book was geared toward students in The Perfect Resume 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 toeave in the Appendixes and trust me there is a The Centurion Code lot that should ve beeneft in the Appendixes For example consonances and grammatical rules of Afric. 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 Antropologia da Criança linguist Guy Deutscher's enthralling investigation into the genesis and evolution ofanguage If we started off with rudimentary utterances on the evel of man throw spear how did we end up with sophisticated gramma.

Guy DeutscherGuy Deutscher is the author of Through the Language Glass and The Unfolding of Language Formerly a Fellow of St John's College Cambridge and of the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Languages in the University of Leiden in the Netherlands he is an honorary Research Fellow at the School of Languages Linguistics and Cultures in the University of ManchesterThrough The Language Glass has been short listed for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2011