Book Review #46

30 Jul

I finally finished The First Word. It was a great book but took a while to read because I hardly read anything during vacation…

I thought this was a very fair and balanced approach to the biological and social history behind the development of human language. Though it does not draw any particular conclusions, it presents the reader with several well researched expert opinions on the subject and makes heavy use of science as backup.  I am sure it wasn’t the absolute authority on the subject of evolutionary linguistics, and there may well be some issues with the book, but I thought it was a great and approachable read for those of us with no background in the actual science of linguistics.

Verdict: A-

Next up:
Rossetti Letter

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