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How Language Began

The Story of Humanity’s Greatest Invention

Daniel Everett

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In his groundbreaking new book Daniel Everett seeks answers to questions that have perplexed thinkers from Plato to Chomsky: when and how did language begin? what is it? and what is it for?

Daniel Everett confounds the conventional wisdom that language originated with Homo sapiens 150,000 years ago and that we have a 'language instinct'. Drawing on evidence from a wide range of fields, including linguistics, archaeology, biology, anthropology and neuroscience, he shows that our ancient ancestors, Homo erectus, had the biological and mental equipment for speech one and half million years ago, and that their cultural and technological achievements (including building ocean-going boats) make it overwhelmingly likely they spoke some kind of language.

How Language Began sheds new light on language and culture and what it means to be human and, as always, Daniel Everett spices his account with incident and anecdote. His book is convincing, arresting and entertaining.

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Important and fascinating
s <i>How Language Began</i> will be one of them.
Very few books on the biological and cultural origin of humanity can be ranked as classics. I believe that Daniel Everett'

A remarkable book. It is written with an immediacy even a Piraha might envy, and its conjunction of physical and intellectual adventure is irresistible.
A book whose importance is almost impossible to overstate.</p>
<p>Praise for <i>Language: The Cultural Tool</i>:<br>'

Everett is skilled at leavening an intellectually challenging treatise with humor ... A worthy book for general readers

<i>How Language Began</i> occupies a rare literary space that explains complex issues clearly to general readers while being an original contribution to scholarship...the arguments he marshals and insights he provides are impressive...anyone interested in language would gain from reading this book.
A worldwide bestseller that finds no competition from linguistic researchers.</p>
<p>Praise for <i>Don't Sleep, There are Snakes:</i><br>'

The most important - and provocative - anthropological field work ever undertaken.

Impressively modest and reasoned.

Revelatory. There is nothing about humans that is quite as astonishing as language.

Ambitious...the subject-matter is completely enthralling...Everett is at the very top of his intellectual game.
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Noam Chomsky, cultural, Lingo, Homo erectus, Language The Cultural Tool, biological, neuroscience, ocean-going boats, How Language Began, How Language Works, archaeology, Daniel Everett, technological, Steven Pinker, Gaston Dorren, Homo sapiens, The unfolding of language, Chomsky, language, mental, speech, The Architecture of Language, language instinct, David Crystal, Don't Sleep There Are Snakes, Plato, anthropology, Guy Deutscher, linguistics, biology