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Re: Diachronic linguistics readings

From:Chris Peters <beta_leonis@...>
Date:Saturday, December 2, 2006, 17:04
I'd second a recommendation for Deutscher's book.  I own the hardcover
myself.  And for those of us who need more "elementary information" (yes,
I'm pointing at myself), that book was *essential*.

>From: Donald Boozer <donaldboozer@...> >Reply-To: Constructed Languages List <CONLANG@...> >To: >Subject: Re: Diachronic linguistics readings >Date: Sat, 2 Dec 2006 05:51:12 -0800 > >I apologize if this is too elementary a book for the >original purpose of the post, but for others >interested in diachronic linguistics....One of my >personal favorites is The Unfolding of Language: An >Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention by >Guy Deutscher (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2005, now >available in paperback). Deutscher provides an >entertaining and informative text which explains the >evolution of language from prehistoric days to the >present. He gives fascinating accounts of the rise of >the "template" system of Semitic, the use of metaphors >for basic building blocks, and, most importantly, from >a conlanger's perspective, a way to build a language >from the "Me Tarzan" stage (his words) to a full-blown >evocative and complex language. I would be interested >to hear anyone else's experience with this book. IMHO, >it's a fun read and full of useful information. > > > >____________________________________________________________________________________ >Cheap talk? >Check out Yahoo! Messenger's low PC-to-Phone call rates. >
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