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The Story of Human Language Review æ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ï ❮BOOKS❯ ✮ The Story of Human Language Author John McWhorter – I never met a person who is not interested in language wrote the bestselling author and psychologist Steven PinErsity of Structures Language Families Clues to the Past The Case Against the World’s First Language The Case For the World’s First Language Dialects Subspecies of Species Dialects Where Do You Draw the Line Dialects Two Tongues in One Mouth Dialects The Standard as Token of the Past Dialects Spoken Style Written Style Dialects The Fallacy of Blackboard Grammar Language Mixture Words Language Mixture Grammar Language Mixture Language Areas Language Develops Beyond the Call of Duty Language Interrupted A New Perspective on the Story of English Does Culture Drive Language Change Language Starts Over Pidgins Language Starts Over Creoles I Language Starts Over Creoles II Language Starts Over Signs of the New Language Starts Over The Creole Continuum What Is Black English Language Death The Problem Language Death Prognosis Artificial Languages Finale Master Class. This audiobook has been my companion for the past month on my way to work It reignited my passion towards all things language how they originate all the way to how and why they die A must for anyone with an interest in linguistics

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G how a single tongue spoken years ago has evolved into the estimated languages used around the world todayAn accomplished scholar Professor McWhorter is also a skilled popularizer whose book The Power of Babel was called startling provocative and remarkably entertaining by the San Diego Union TribuneThe London Times called him a born teacher And Steven Pinker best known as the author of The Language Instinct offered this praise for the book McWhorter’s arguments are sharply reasoned refreshingly honest and thoroughly originalCourse Lecture Titles What Is Language When Language Began How Language Changes Sound Change How Language Changes Building New Material How Language Changes Meaning and Order How Language Changes Many Directions How Language Changes Modern EnglishLanguage Families Indo European Language Families Tracing Indo European Language Families Div. Highly informative engaging and extremely easy to follow The lecture series focused on how and why language is different around the world and how it changed over time It is a longer series than most but it flew by

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The Story of Human LanguageI never met a person who is of Human ePUB #9734 not interested in language wrote the bestselling author and psychologist Steven Pinker There are good reasons that language fascinates us so It not only defines humans as a species placing us head and shoulders above even the most The Story PDFEPUBproficient animal communicators but it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries For example How did different languages come to be Why isn’t there just a single language How does a language change and when it does is that change indicative of decay or growth How Story of Human PDFEPUB #192 does a language become extinct Dr John McWhorter one of America’s leading linguists and a freuent commentator on network television and National Public Radio addresses these and other uestions as he takes you on an in depth lecture tour of the development of human language showin. Human language is a fascinating subject We don't appreciate how complex language speaking skills are until we try to learn a new language as adults It's one thing that children can do better than adults Brain studies suggest that human brains are uniuely programmed to use language and children's brains are uniuely adept at learning languages This adeptness is lost as we ageThe Story of Human Language by John McWhorter is a collection of thirty six lectures on the history and study of human languages It includes some discussion of the tools used by linguists However I see that there's a whole separate set of lectures on Understanding Linguistics The Science of Language I haven't listened to this other set of lectures so I'm not sure how they differ Presumably these lectures Story of Human Language has focus on history and less emphasis on the technical aspects of linguisticsSome things I've learned that I find interesting1 Differences in languages can be used much like gene technology to track prehistoric movements of humans Changes in languages occur uickly than changes in human genes so whereas genes may be used to indicate humans migrations over a span of 100000 years language can indicate movements over the past 10000 years2 Ninety nine percent of the words in the Oxford Dictionary of the English Language are from sources other than Old English However Sixty five percent of the commonly used words are part of the one percent that comes from Old English3 The most complex and difficult languages are spoken in areas that are isolated from exposure to other languages In other words primitive peoples sometimes have very complex languages Languages can become complex when everybody who speaks the language learned it as a child4 More widely spoken languages that need to be learned by adult speakers of other languages tend to become simplified over time5 Languages tend to either 1 have prefixes and case endings or 2 be tonal They seldom have both But there are exceptions6 The majority of the world's languages do not have definite and indefinite articles ie a an the Speakers of European languages can't believe it to be possible to speak without them7 The majority of the world's population including much of Europe speak a different dialect ie local vernacular of their language at home than what is taught in their schools or used in official government business This phenomenon is called diglossia Americans are uniue in having relatively little diglossia8 We can thank the influence of the invading Norsemen of the 9th century for the fact that English is the only European language that doesn't have gender markers for inanimate objects Thank you Norsemen Other invaders who didn't learn Old English well were probably responsible for the simplified verb conjugations in English Thank you other invaders9 Non phonetic English word spellings are a remnant of an earlier time when they were phonetic Unfortunately word spellings change slowly than the spoken language The development of printing has essentially fossilized spelling conventions Thank goodness for computerized spell check