search for books and compare prices
cover image
The Unfolding of Language: An Evolutionary Tour Of Mankind's Greatest Invention
Price
Store
Arrives
Preparing
Shipping
The price is the lowest for any condition, which may be new or used; other conditions may also be available. Rental copies must be returned at the end of the designated period, and may involve a deposit.
Jump down to see edition details for: Hardcover | Paperback
Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Metropolitan Books
Publication date June 1, 2005
Pages 358
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780805079074
ISBN-10 0805079076
Dimensions 1 by 6.25 by 9.75 in.
Weight 1.46 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $26.00
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
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. 40,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description:
Blending the spirit of Eats, Shoots & Leaves with the science of The Language Instinct, an original inquiry into the development of that most essential-and mysterious-of human creations: Language

Language is mankind's greatest invention-except, of course, that it was never invented." So begins linguist Guy Deutscher's enthralling investigation into the genesis and evolution of language. If we started off with rudimentary utterances on the level of "man throw spear," how did we end up with sophisticated grammars, enormous vocabularies, and intricately nuanced degrees of meaning?

Drawing on recent groundbreaking discoveries in modern linguistics, Deutscher exposes the elusive forces of creation at work in human communication, giving us fresh insight into how language emerges, evolves, and decays. He traces the evolution of linguistic complexity from an early "Me Tarzan" stage to such elaborate single-word constructions as the Turkish sehirlilestiremediklerimizdensiniz ("you are one of those whom we couldn't turn into a town dweller"). Arguing that destruction and creation in language are intimately entwined, Deutscher shows how these processes are continuously in operation, generating new words, new structures, and new meanings.

As entertaining as it is erudite, The Unfolding of Language moves nimbly from ancient Babylonian to American idiom, from the central role of metaphor to the staggering triumph of design that is the Semitic verb, to tell the dramatic story and explain the genius behind a uniquely human faculty.


Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780805079074
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from Metropolitan Books (June 1, 2005)
9780805079074 | details & prices | 358 pages | 6.25 × 9.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.46 lbs | List price $26.00
About: 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.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780805080124
 
Reprint edition from Henry Holt & Co (May 2, 2006)
9780805080124 | details & prices | 358 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $20.00
About: 'Language is mankind's greatest invention--except, of course, that it was never invented.

Pricing is shown for items sent to or within the U.S., excluding shipping and tax. Please consult the store to determine exact fees. No warranties are made express or implied about the accuracy, timeliness, merit, or value of the information provided. Information subject to change without notice. isbn.nu is not a bookseller, just an information source.