The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language

By John McWhorter

There are nearly six thousand languages in the world this day, each one a descendant of the tongue first spoken through Homo sapiens a few 150,000 years in the past. whereas laying out how languages combine and mutate through the years, linguistics professor John McWhorter reminds us of the range in the species that speaks them, and argues that, opposite to renowned conception, language isn't really immutable and hidebound, yet a residing, dynamic entity that adapts itself to an ever-changing human surroundings.

Full of humor and creative perception, The energy of Babel attracts its illustrative examples from languages worldwide, together with pidgins, Creoles, and nonstandard dialects.

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