Language: The Cultural Tool

Language: The Cultural Tool

Daniel L. Everett


For years, the existing opinion between lecturers has been that language is embedded in our genes, current as an innate and instinctual a part of us. during this daring and provocative learn, linguist Daniel Everett argues that, like different instruments, language was once invented by means of people and will be reinvented or misplaced. He exhibits how the evolution of alternative language forms—that is, various grammar—reflects how language is stimulated by way of human societies and reviews, and the way it expresses their nice style. Combining anthropology, primatology, laptop technology, philosophy, linguistics, psychology, and his personal pioneering examine with the Amazonian Pirahã, and utilizing insights from many alternative languages and cultures, Everett offers an exceptional elucidation of this society-defined nature of language. In doing so, he additionally provides us a brand new figuring out of ways we expect and who we are.

 

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