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It is tempting to take the tremendous rate of contemporary linguistic change for granted. What is required, in fact, is a radical reinterpretation of what language is. Steven Roger Fischer begins his book with an examination of the modes of communication used by dolphins, birds and primates as the first contexts in which the concept of "language" might be applied. As he charts the history of language from the times of Homo erectus, Neanderthal humans and Homo sapiens through to the nineteenth century, when the science of linguistics was developed, Fischer analyses the emergence of language as a science and its development as a written form. He considers the rise of pidgin, creole, jargon and slang, as well as the effects radio and television, propaganda, advertising and the media are having on language today. Looking to the future, he shows how electronic media will continue to reshape and re-invent the ways in which we communicate.

"[a] delightful and unexpectedly accessible book ... a virtuoso tour of the linguistic world."—The Economist

"... few who read this remarkable study will regard language in quite the same way again."—The Good Book Guide

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 232-235) and index.

About the Author

Steven Roger Fischer is Director of the Institute of Polynesian Languages and Literatures in Auckland, New Zealand. He is the author of Glyph-breaker (1997). A History of Language is part of Fischers trilogy for Reaktion, which also includes A History of Writing and A History of Reading.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Animal Communication and 'Language'

2. Talking Apes

3. First Families

4. Written Language

5. Lineages

6. Towards a Science of Language

7. Society and Language

8. Future Indicative

References

Select Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861890511
Author:
Fischer, Steven Roger
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Location:
London :
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Origin
Subject:
Sociolinguistics
Subject:
Historical linguistics
Subject:
Communication and culture
Subject:
Linguistic change
Subject:
General Language Arts & Disciplines
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Reaktion Books - Globalities
Series Volume:
106-225
Publication Date:
19991231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
General Language Arts & Disciplines

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