Written in Stone

Written in Stone : An entertaining time-travelling jaunt through the Stone Age origins of our modern-day language

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Half the world's population speaks a language that has evolved from a single, prehistoric mother tongue. A mother tongue first spoken in Stone Age times, on the steppes of central Eurasia 6,500 years ago. It was so effective that it flourished for two thousand years. It was a language that spread from the shores of the Black Sea across almost all of Europe and much of Asia.
It is the genetic basis of everything we speak and write today - the DNA of language.

WRITTEN IN STONE combines detective work, mythology, ancient history, archaeology, the roots of society, technology and warfare, and the sheer fascination of words to explore that original mother tongue, sketching the connections woven throughout the immense vocabulary of English - with some surprising results. In snappy, lively and often very funny chapters, it uncovers the most influential and important words used by our Neolithic ancestors, and shows how they are still in constant use today - the building blocks of all our most common words and phrases.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 135 x 204 x 27mm | 341g
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753555212
  • 9780753555217
  • 539,054

About Christopher Stevens

Christopher Stevens is a writer and journalist. His works include the bestselling mnemonics book THIRTY DAYS HAS SEPTEMBER (O'Mara, 2009) which became the number-one bestselling reference book on Amazon. His biography of the great comic actor Kenneth Williams, BORN BRILLIANT (John Murray, 2010), was a Radio 4 Book of the Week. Christopher worked at the Observer for 15 years before moving to the Daily Mail where he writes features, TV reviews and a daily column.
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