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The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Perennial
Publication date January 1, 2003
Pages 336
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780060520854
ISBN-10 006052085X
Dimensions 1 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Original list price $13.99
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Chronicles the origins and evolution of language from the appearance of the first language about 150,000 years ago in East Africa to the approximately six thousand language varieties of today. Reprint. (view table of contents)
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There are approximately six thousand languages on Earth today, each a descendant of the tongue first spoken by Homo sapiens some 150,000 years ago. While laying out how languages mix and mutate over time, linguistics professor John McWhorter reminds us of the variety within the species that speaks them, and argues that, contrary to popular perception, language is not immutable and hidebound, but a living, dynamic entity that adapts itself to an ever-changing human environment.

Full of humor and imaginative insight, The Power of Babel draws its illustrative examples from languages around the world, including pidgins, Creoles, and nonstandard dialects.



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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780434007899 Book cover for 9780716744733
 
1 edition from W H Freeman & Co (January 1, 2002)
9780716744733 | details & prices | 327 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $26.00
About: Chronicles the evolution of language from the appearance of the first language about 150,000 years ago in East Africa to the approximately six thousand language varieties of today.
from Gardners Books (January 1, 2002)
9780434007899 | details & prices | 320 pages | List price $33.40
About: This text provides a guided tour of languages, aiming to be at once both thought-provoking and entertaining.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Perennial (January 1, 2003)
9780060520854 | details & prices | 336 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $13.99
About: Chronicles the origins and evolution of language from the appearance of the first language about 150,000 years ago in East Africa to the approximately six thousand language varieties of today.

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