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*.
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>From: Donald Boozer <donaldboozer@...>
>Reply-To: Constructed Languages List <CONLANG@...>
>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.
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