Год издания: 2007
Издатель: Viking Adult
Количество страниц: 368
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This book grows out of Kenneally's conviction that investigating the evolution of language is a good and worthwhile pursuit - a stance that most in the field of linguistics disparaged until about 20 years ago. The result is a book that is as much about evolutionary biology as it is about linguistics. We read about work with chimpanzees, bonobos, parrots and even robots that are being programmed to develop language evolutionarily. Kenneally, who has written about language, science and culture for the New Yorker and Discover among others, has a breezily journalistic style that is occasionally witty but more often pragmatic, as she tries to distill academic and scientific discourses into terms the casual reader will understand. She introduces the major players in the field of linguistics and behavioral studies - Noam Chomsky, Steven Pinker, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh and Philip Lieberman - as well as countless other anthropologists, biologists and linguists. Kenneally's insistence upon seeing...