The First Word by Christine Kenneally
The Search for the Origins of Language

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An accessible exploration of a burgeoning new field: the incredible evolution of language

The first popular book to recount the exciting, very recent developments in tracing the origins of language, The First Word is at the forefront of a controversial, compelling new field. Acclaimed science writer Christine Kenneally explains how a relatively small group of scientists that include Noam Chomsky and Steven Pinker assembled the astounding narrative of how the fundamental process of evolution produced a linguistic ape?in other words, us. Infused with the wonder of discovery, this vital and engrossing book offers us all a better understanding of the story of humankind.


 

About Christine Kenneally

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Christine Kenneally was born in Australia and received her Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of Cambridge. She has written about language, science, and culture for publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, Scientific American, and Slate.
 
Published July 19, 2007 by Penguin Books. 372 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Christine Kenneally’s lucid survey of the expanding field of language evolution is dedicated to solving what she calls “the hardest problem in science today.”

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Is there a scientific explanation for the human ability to use language?

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