First Word, the : The Search for the Origins of Language
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.
- Paperback | 357 pages
- 137.16 x 193.04 x 22.86mm | 317.51g
- 01 Jun 2008
- Penguin Books
- New York, NY, United Kingdom
A clear and splendidly written account of a new field of research on a central question about the human species. Steven Pinker, author of "The Blank Slate" A crash course on imitation, gesture, abstract thought, and speech. . . . It is eminently worthy of attention. "Psychology Today" Scientists who study the origins of language are a passionate, fractious bunch, and you don t have to be an egghead to be tantalized by the questions that drive their research: how and when did we learn to speak, and to what extent is language a uniquely human attribute? What [Kenneally] describes is fascinating. "The New York Times Book Review"
About Christine Kenneally
Author of The Invisible History of the Human Race and The First Word, Christine Kenneally is an award-winning journalist who has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, Slate, Time, New Scientist, The Monthly, and other publications. Before becoming a reporter, she received a PhD in linguistics from Cambridge University and a BA (with honors) in English and linguistics from Melbourne University. She was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, and has lived in England, Iowa, and Brooklyn, New York.