First Word, the

First Word, the : The Search for the Origins of Language

3.7 (817 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?


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.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 357 pages
  • 137.16 x 193.04 x 22.86mm | 317.51g
  • New York, NY, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143113747
  • 9780143113744
  • 205,613

Review quote

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"
show more

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.
show more

Rating details

817 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 23% (185)
4 37% (304)
3 30% (247)
2 8% (68)
1 2% (13)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X