The Unfolding of Language

The Unfolding of Language

The Unfolding of Language


The elusive forces of creation at work in human communication are exposed in an investigation into how the destruction and creation in language are intimately entwined and how these processes are continuously in operation, generating new words, structures, and meanings.


If you have any interest in language and its origins, this book gives a wonderful study of how something as complicated as language could evolve from basic building blocks. The author uses examples from many different language groups, but you don’t need to be good at learning languages to understand the examples. I love reading about the changes in language, and I usually read those that describe the evolution of English (I am really not very good at other languages). I have read textbooks on the English language, so yes, I am a bit of a linguistics nerd. But this book is one of the better ones for making the changes understandable, without the reader having to understand the terms used in linguistics. It is easy to see that the author, Guy Deutscher, loves the study of language. I highly recommend this book as both an in depth study on language evolution, and also a very fun and interesting book to read.

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