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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: The Evolution of Language
Written By: W. Tecumseh Fitch
Description:

Language, more than anything else, is what makes us human. It appears that
no communication system of equivalent power exists elsewhere in the animal
kingdom. Any normal human child will learn a language based on rather
sparse data in the surrounding world, while even the brightest chimpanzee,
exposed to the same environment, will not. Why not? How, and why, did
language evolve in our species and not in others? Since Darwin's theory of
evolution, questions about the origin of language have generated a
rapidly-growing scientific literature, stretched across a number of
disciplines, much of it directed at specialist audiences. The diversity of
perspectives – from linguistics, anthropology, speech science, genetics,
neuroscience and evolutionary biology – can be bewildering. Tecumseh Fitch
cuts through this vast literature, bringing together its most important
insights to explore one of the biggest unsolved puzzles of human history.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Psycholinguistics
History of Linguistics
Cognitive Science
Anthropological Linguistics
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