Overview

As he charts the history of language from the times of Homo erectus, Neanderthal humans and Homo sapiens through to the nineteenth century, when the science of linguistics was developed, Steven Roger Fischer analyses the emergence of language as a science and its development as a written form. He considers the rise of pidgin, creole, jargon and slang, as well as the effects radio and television, propaganda, advertising and the media are having on language today. Looking to the future, he shows how electronic ...
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History of Language

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Overview

As he charts the history of language from the times of Homo erectus, Neanderthal humans and Homo sapiens through to the nineteenth century, when the science of linguistics was developed, Steven Roger Fischer analyses the emergence of language as a science and its development as a written form. He considers the rise of pidgin, creole, jargon and slang, as well as the effects radio and television, propaganda, advertising and the media are having on language today. Looking to the future, he shows how electronic media will continue to reshape and re-invent the ways in which we communicate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861895943
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/16/2011
  • Series: Globalities
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

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Steven Roger Fischer is Director of the Institute of Polynesian Languages and Literatures in Auckland, New Zealand. He is the author of Glyph-breaker (1997). A History of Language is part of Fischer’s trilogy for Reaktion, which also includes A History of Writing and A History of Reading.
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Table of Contents

Preface 7
1 Animal Communication and 'Language' 11
2 Talking Apes 35
3 First Families 60
4 Written Language 86
5 Lineages 112
6 Towards a Science of Language 139
7 Society and Language 172
8 Future Indicative 204
References 221
Select Bibliography 232
Index 236
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