A history of language / Steven Roger Fischer.
Publication year: 2018
Edition: New edition.
Publisher: Reaktion Books,
ISBN: 9781780239033 9781780239033 (pbk.) :
Previous edition: London: Reaktion, 1999.
This new edition of Steven Roger Fischer's fascinating book charts the history of communication from a time before human language was conceived of to the media explosion of the present day. Fischer begins by describing the modes of communication used by whales, birds, insects, and nonhuman primates, suggesting these are the first contexts in which the concept of 'language' might be applied. He then moves from the early abilities of Homo erectus to the spread of languages worldwide, analysing the effect of the development of writing along the way. With the advent of the science of linguistics in the 19th century, the nature of human languages first came to be studied and understood. Fischer follows the evolution of linguists' insights and the relationship of language to social change into the mid-1900s.
270 pages ; 20 cm
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