Well worth reading. Of all mankind’s manifold creations, language must take pride of place. The Unfolding Of Language - Kindle edition by Deutscher, Guy. And yet should Language: English: The Unfolding is a 2016 British horror film directed by Eugene McGing and starring Lachlan Nieboer, Lisa Kerr, Robert Daws, Nick Julian and Kitty McGeever. Sometimes more so. Be the first to ask a question about The Unfolding of Language. Now, in his new book, “Through the Language Glass,” he … Something the modern brain excels at. Even so, there is just one flaw in all these hymns of praise, for the homage to language’s unique accomplishment conceals a simple yet critical incongruity. Couldn't get into it. This edition published in 2005 by Metropolitan Books in New York. New York: Henry Holt. Dr. Deutscher has done a scholarly, thorough discussion on the roots of language, but I believe he started too late in time. It is a magical journey into what makes languages. Topics. The historical backbone starts with Sir William Jones's excited discovery in 1786 that Sanskrit was cognate with Latin and Greek. “Really, it is unfair to say that English spelling is not an accurate rendering of speech. pp.1-3. Books Higher education Reference and languages books Language reviews The book is an overview of how language developed and how it changes through the ages. Read The Unfolding Of Language book reviews & author details and more at Amazon.in. 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The author is very playful with his subject. “Language is mankind’s greatest invention – except, of course, that it was never invented.”. English is an adaptable, even promiscuous language, and Italian-ah, Italian! Not as overtly partisan as Steven Pinker (an innatist) , Deutcher opens up more avenues for exploration, and his wit is just as sparkling. I got this book with the expectation that it would be about the evolution of language, i.e. Learn more. Compared to language, all other inventions pale in significance, since everything we have ever achieved depends on language and originates from it. Free shipping for many products! It made a lot of issues and problems that my students were facing much clearer to me, and if nothing else I wish I'd been able to explain to my students WHY English spelling is so screwy. Also, presumably out of a desire to be accessible - or maybe his publisher made him do it? 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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A couple of days ago I finished reading 'The Unfolding of Language : An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention' by Guy Deutscher. I didn't even realize that, beyond "we are lazy buggers and mangle words", that it had been codified. It's also worth noticing the highly complex framework of Semitic languages as well as how basic choices in the verb-object. "...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 imitate...The point is that as long as there is no evidence, all these scenarios remain 'just so' stories." By the way, anyone who thinks modern language is more intricate than say Latin or ancient Babylonian needs to pick up this book. Unlike many such books, it doesn't just focus on sound change, but has at least as much discussion of grammaticalization. However, I find the ‘The Unfolding of Language’ really fascinating and remarkably entertaining. This apparent paradox is at the core of our fascination with language, and it holds many of its secrets. 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 Language There is more than one author with this name Who could possibly have come up with such a nifty contraption? . Edition Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. 329-340) and index. Language has always morphed and mutated due to people's need for economy, expressiveness and analogy. The Unfolding of Language is a book written by Guy Deutscher, a professor of linguistics at the Dutch University of Leiden. But language is foremost not just because it came first. 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Other inventions—the wheel, agriculture, sliced bread—may have transformed our material existence, but the advent of language is what made us human. 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I expected the 'evolutionary tour' to include historical aspects of the human evolution, but...oh well. I'm still curious to read theories about how language first started, but this promised to be a treatise on linguistic analysis, with a chapter at the end that goes back in time only as far as the 'me Tarzan' stage. The Unfolding Of Language also available for Read Online in Mobile and Kindle Snyder, The stories that divide us: Media (mis)representations of literacy education. I got misled by the cover. It's an absolutely fascinating read, and a real eye opener, and what's very special about it is that it all sounds very much common sense - nothing is too complicated, the whole book almost is kind of obvious - the way Sherlock Holmes' insights are obvious to Dr. Watson in the hindsight. This sleek design allows single sounds to convey useful information, and in fact even the absence of a sound has been enlisted to express something specific. This was how, in 1660, the renowned grammarians of the PortRoyal Abbey near Versailles distilled the essence of language, and no one since has celebrated more eloquently the magnitude of its achievement. Summaries. But, seriously the work is intellectually challenging and often provoked me to engage in thoughts on the ever changing state of human language. Highly recommended! Chomsky's theory of language development is one the most studied and discussed theories in the field of linguistics. I am not sure you'd be capable of digesting all of chapters, but even those few you'd manage will constitute for an inspirational and thought-provoking read. It is easy to read even for someone who has never read any linguistics books. The thesis of Unfolding is that changes in language are the work of opposing cyclical forces. Yet it is precisely this deceptive ease which makes language a victim of its own success, since in everyday life its triumphs are usually taken for granted. Such a grueling task among the ocean of selection. Very well-structure, coherent and full of interesting examples. A.S. 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