Linguistic Diversity / Edition 1

Linguistic Diversity / Edition 1

by Daniel Nettle, D. H. Nettleton
     
 

There are some 6,500 different languages in the world, belonging to around 250 distinct families and conforming to numerous grammatical types. This book explains why. Given that the biological mechanisms underlying language are the same in all normal human beings, would we not be a more successful species if we spoke one language? Daniel Nettle considers how this… See more details below

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There are some 6,500 different languages in the world, belonging to around 250 distinct families and conforming to numerous grammatical types. This book explains why. Given that the biological mechanisms underlying language are the same in all normal human beings, would we not be a more successful species if we spoke one language? Daniel Nettle considers how this extraordinary and rich diversity arose, how it relates to the origins and evolution of language, cognition, and culture, and how it is linked with the main patterns of human geography and history. Linguistic Diversity draws on work in anthropology, linguistics, geography, archaeology, and evolutionary science to provide a comprehensive account of the patterns of linguistic diversity. It is written in a clear, lively, and accessible style, and will appeal broadly across the natural and human sciences, as well as to the informed general reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198238577
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
1330L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
1Introduction1
2Language Evolution: Basic Mechanisms15
3Language Evolution: Computer Simulations37
4Language Diversity: Patterns in Space60
5Language Diversity: Changes in Time97
6Phylogenetic Diversity115
7Structural Diversity130
Epilogue149
App: Global Language Diversity Data152
References155
Index167

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