Presents an investigation into the evolution of language. This book
exposes the elusive forces of creation at work in human
communication. Along the way, it teaches why German maidens are
neuter while German turnips are female, why we have feet not foots,
and how great changes of pronunciation may result from simple
"* "A highly original study of the evolution of language... A brilliant solution to a quandary that has puzzled people for many centuries... If [the] decay and simplification [of language] are constant and universal...how did...regular and complex languages come to exist in the first place? Deutscher's chosen task is to unravel that paradox, and he does so brilliantly, withholding the secret with great skill. If I told you how it works, you wouldn't buy the book. Suffice to say his explanation is both clever and convincing... this book will stretch your mind' Independent on Sunday * "He really ought to be read...by anyone who persists in complaining that the English language is going to the dogs...interesting and substantial" - Nicholas Bagnal, Sunday Telegraph * 'Powerful and thrilling.' Spectator"
Dr. Guy Deutscher ist in Tel Aviv aufgewachsen und hat Mathematik und Linguistik in Cambridge studiert. Er forscht an der Fakultät für Linguistik der Universität Manchester.
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