The power of Babel

a natural history of language

By McWhorter, John H.

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ISBN
978-0-71674-473-3
Publisher
New York : Times Books, 2001.


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Reviewed on December 1, 2001

Starting with the well-known model of relationships among languages as a family tree, McWhorter (linguistics, Berkeley) fleshes out and refines this model as he narrates development of language. He explores five main ways that languages change, such as sound change and the transformation of words into pieces of grammar. McWhorter further illuminates and compares concepts of dialect, pidgin, and Creole to demonstrate the changing na...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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