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The New York Times Book of Language and Linguistics

The New York Times Book of Language and Linguistics

by Nicholas Wade
     
 
In the latest book in the series, editor Nicholas Wade and several award-winning journalists from The New York Times explore the mysterious roots of language. Their coverage ranges from the efforts to chronicle ancient languages to the examination of fossil records to determine whether Neanderthals had language, and around the evolutionary bend to the study of

Overview

In the latest book in the series, editor Nicholas Wade and several award-winning journalists from The New York Times explore the mysterious roots of language. Their coverage ranges from the efforts to chronicle ancient languages to the examination of fossil records to determine whether Neanderthals had language, and around the evolutionary bend to the study of chimpanzees and their ability to "talk" using sign boards to convey fear, hunger, and their deceptive sense of humor. Chapters expound upon: "The History of Language"; "Archaeology and Language"; "Language in Other Species"; "Language and Learning"; "Language and the Brain"; and finally "Language and Society," which addresses contemporary concerns of our own multilingual nation. With detailed illustrations that appeared in the original articles, and insightful introductions to each chapter by Nicholas Wade, this book is sure to fascinate anyone who has an interest in language and culture.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for earlier books in the series:"A gratifying and artful blend of edification and entertainment."--Kirkus Reviews
KLIATT
This intriguing examination of recent findings on various aspects of language and linguistic issues comprises 40 articles drawn from the pages of the science section of The New York Times. The articles, written by 15 authors, are organized into six sections, each of which is preceded by a brief introduction by the editor. "The Tree of Language" explores the controversial notion that all languages may ultimately be traced back to one original human language. "Language in Other Species" examines the linguistic capabilities of such nonhuman creatures as apes, whales, and elephants. The articles in "The Acquisition of Language" address the manner in which infants acquire their language skills. This section is followed by "Language and the Brain," which discusses how the brain is organized to understand and generate language. The articles in "Language and Society" address such cultural issues as the deciphering of ancient writings and current efforts to preserve dying languages from extinction. Finally, "The Latest From the Field" explores such issues as the recent discovery of a gene involved specifically in language. Although these articles were originally intended for the adult general public and not for language specialists, some of the pieces may strike YAs as a bit dry and technical. For slightly more sophisticated readers with even a minimal background in; or at least, healthy curiosity about; fundamental linguistic, anthropological, and cultural issues, this fascinating anthology is sure to prove intellectually rewarding. KLIATT Codes: SA;Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Lyons Press, 215p.,
— Jeffrey Cooper

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585747931
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/2003
Series:
New York Times Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

NICHOLAS WADE, a science reporter for The New York Times, was the editor of the Science Times from 1990 through 1996. He is also the author of The Ultimate Experiment, The Nobel Duel, Betrayers of the Truth (with William J. Broad), and A World Beyond Healing, and editor of the Science Times books (page 202). He lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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