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The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language

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A New York Times Notable Book

How biology, psychology, and history shape us as individuals

We are doomed to repeat history if we fail to learn from it, but how are we affected by the forces that are invisible to us? In The Invisible History of the Human Race

Christine Kenneally draws on cutting-edge research to reveal how both historical artifacts and DNA tell us where we come from and where we may be going. While some

books explore our genetic inheritance and popular television shows celebrate ancestry, this is the first book to explore how everything from DNA to emotions to names

and the stories that form our lives are all part of our human legacy. Kenneally shows how trust is inherited in Africa, silence is passed down in Tasmania, and how the

history of nations is written in our DNA. From fateful, ancient encounters to modern mass migrations and medical diagnoses, Kenneally explains how the forces that

shaped the history of the world ultimately shape each human who inhabits it.

The Invisible History of the Human Race is a deeply researched, carefully crafted and provocative perspective on how our stories, psychology, and genetics affect our

past and our future.

Synopsis:

Kenneally writes a compelling story of the quest for the origins of human language. The book follows both how language developed, and tells why scientists are at last able to explore the subject.

Synopsis:

An accessible exploration of a burgeoning new field: the incredible evolution of language

The first popular book to recount the exciting, very recent developments in tracing the origins of language, The First Word is at the forefront of a controversial, compelling new field. Acclaimed science writer Christine Kenneally explains how a relatively small group of scientists that include Noam Chomsky and Steven Pinker assembled the astounding narrative of how the fundamental process of evolution produced a linguistic ape?in other words, us. Infused with the wonder of discovery, this vital and engrossing book offers us all a better understanding of the story of humankind.

About the Author

Christine Kenneally was born in Australia and received her Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of Cambridge. She has written about language, science, and culture for publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, Scientific American, and Slate.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143113744
Subtitle:
How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures
Author:
Kenneally, Christine
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution - Human
Subject:
Etymology
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Language and languages
Subject:
Linguistics - Etymology
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Subject:
Biology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20141009
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Linguistics
History and Social Science » Archaeology » Ancient Languages
History and Social Science » Linguistics » General
Reference » Etymology
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Evolution

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"Synopsis" by , Kenneally writes a compelling story of the quest for the origins of human language. The book follows both how language developed, and tells why scientists are at last able to explore the subject.
"Synopsis" by ,
An accessible exploration of a burgeoning new field: the incredible evolution of language

The first popular book to recount the exciting, very recent developments in tracing the origins of language, The First Word is at the forefront of a controversial, compelling new field. Acclaimed science writer Christine Kenneally explains how a relatively small group of scientists that include Noam Chomsky and Steven Pinker assembled the astounding narrative of how the fundamental process of evolution produced a linguistic ape?in other words, us. Infused with the wonder of discovery, this vital and engrossing book offers us all a better understanding of the story of humankind.

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