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Cognitive Fire

Published by Profile Books | Language - English | Binding - Paper Back

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About the Book: Language: The Cultural Tool

Society was founded with nouns and verbs: with them the growth of human knowledge began. But what precisely are the origins of nouns, verbs, sentences, stories and other elements of human language? Did they result from a sudden genetic mutation or did they emerge gradually emerge over thousands of years? How did our first ancestors speak and are human languages as variable as they seem? These questions, which have occupied philosophers for thousands of years, have been at the centre of a debate among linguists that has raged for over half a century with a near-fanatical intensity.

In Language: The Cultural Tool Daniel Everett enters the fray. He sets out the issues, describes the combatants, assesses their arguments, and seeks answers among the world's huge variety of human languages, cultures and histories. His fascinating account combines adventure, argument and intellectual iconoclasm. It will revolutionise ideas not only about language but what we consider it means to be human.


Introduction: The Gift of Prometheus

Part One: Problems

Language as a Social Tool

>From Fire to Communication

Crossing the Communication Threshold Chapter Four: Does Plato Have a Problem?

Part Two: Solutions

Universals and Faculties

How to Build a Language

The Platforms for Language

Part Three: Applications

Aristotle's Answer: Interaction and the Construction of Cultural Signs

Language the Tool

Part Four: Variations

Language, Culture, and Thinking

You Drink. You Drive. You Go to Jail. Cultural Effects on Grammar

Welcome to the Freak Show

About the Author: Daniel Everett

David Crystal is the foremost expert on English, and honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He has written many books and published articles in fields ranging from forensic linguistics and ELT to the liturgy and Shakespeare.


Margaret Mead among the Samoans; Franz Boas among the Inuit; Bronislaw Malinowski among the Trobriand Islanders; Claude Levi-Strauss among the Bororo and Guaycuru; Ruth Benedict among the Zuni, Dobu, and Kwakiutls - but to my mind Daniel Everett has now outdone them all. Language: The Cultural Tool, coming upon the heels of Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes, establishes his thirty years with the Piraha deep in the Amazon as the most important - and provocative - anthropological field work ever undertaken - Tom Wolfe, author of The Bonfire of the Vanities

'A radical reassessment of the origin and evolution of language. .. The book eloquently reminds us that the incredible diversity of languages on this planet reflect different ways of thinking and being in the world - a phenomenon that might sadly be on the verge of extinction.'- Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power

Controversial, driven by data from across the sciences, and leavened with wit - Language: The Cultural Tool is the book on language I have been waiting and waiting for. A masterpiece, and then some.'- Patricia S. Churchland, Professor Emerita of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego


Book: Cognitive Fire
ISBN-13: 9781846682674
Product Code 9781846682674
Binding: Paper Back
Publisher: Profile Books
Number of Pages: 320
Language: English

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