Error title
Some error text about your books and stuff.
Close

The Origin of Language: Tracing the Evolution of the Mother Tongue

by Ruhlen, Merritt

  • ISBN: 9780471584261
  • ISBN10: 0471584266

The Origin of Language: Tracing the Evolution of the Mother Tongue

by Ruhlen, Merritt

  • List Price: $27.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • Publish date: 05/06/1994
  • ISBN: 9780471584261
  • ISBN10: 0471584266
used Add to Cart $1.62
You save: 94%
Marketplace Item
new Add to Cart $92.16
Marketplace Item
Description: Just as archaeologists study fossils and ancient artifacts for clues about mankind's origins, linguistic researchers today are sifting through word roots and grammatical conventions and coming up with some startling revelations about our beginnings. In The Origin of Language noted linguist Merritt Ruhlen takes you on a fascinating journey of discovery back through nearly 100,000 years of human history and prehistory in pursuit of the language from which all modern tongues derive. Requiring no prior familiarity with linguistics, The Origin of Language is the first book to explain, in laymen's terms, the controversial process by which linguists are tracing the development of the vast range of human speech, sweeping aside many traditional assumptions about the spread of language and the roots of the human family. In addition to acquainting you with the manner in which such diverse languages as English and Chinese can be compared, Dr. Ruhlen introduces you to the brilliant mavericks whose linguistic theories are at last gaining worldwide acceptance. He also discusses the exciting new work being done in genetics and archaeology that corroborates much of the controversial linguistic evidence. But more than simply describing his and his colleague's theories, Dr. Ruhlen invites you to share in the joys of discovery. He arms you with the linguist's basic tool kit and lets you work through the evidence for yourself and draw your own conclusions. You'll classify languages and language families, trace language family trees, and even reconstruct some of the basic vocabulary used by our most distant ancestors. Also, based on clues provided by your research, you'll plot the land and sea routes mostlikely taken by early humans in their diaspora out of Africa and to the four corners of the world. While The Origin of Language is an incomparable introduction to some of the most exciting linguistic research now being conducted by researchers around the globe, it is also much more. It is an inspiring invitation to join the quest for our human roots and to hear the echoes of the Mother Tongue.
Expand description
Seller Condition Comments Price  
Seller: Owls Books
2,708 orders (93% success)
Location: Toledo, OH
Condition: Good
All pages and cover are intact. Possible slightly loose binding, minor
[...]
Price:
$1.62
Comments:
All pages and cover are intact. Possible slightly loose binding, minor
[...]
Seller: haven
12 orders (92% success)
Location: Tijeras, NM
Condition: Good
Shipping Icon
Book SC good.
Price:
$5.61
Comments:
Book SC good.
Seller: HPB-Ruby
7,021 orders (97% success)
Location: Dallas, TX
Condition: Good
Shipping Icon
Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include
[...]
Price:
$5.83
Comments:
Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include
[...]
Seller: Bjs Biblio
7 orders (86% success)
Location: Saint Cloud, MN
Condition: Like New
Shipping Icon
Binding is solid, not even creased, no wear on covers, text is free of markings, no previous owner name, we ship quickly with tracking.
Price:
$6.52
Comments:
Binding is solid, not even creased, no wear on covers, text is free of markings, no previous owner name, we ship quickly with tracking.
Seller: stressfreesales
42 orders (100% success)
Location: Bay City, MI
Condition: Like New
Shipping Icon
LIKE NEW: Little to no shelf wear, no signs of use. Ships fast & secure, expedited available!
Price:
$7.45
Comments:
LIKE NEW: Little to no shelf wear, no signs of use. Ships fast & secure, expedited available!
Seller: Jay W. Nelson
2 orders (100% success)
Location: Austin, MN
Condition: Very Good
Book Slight browning to back of jacket.
Price:
$11.25
Comments:
Book Slight browning to back of jacket.
Seller: Ergodebooks
15,239 orders (98% success)
Location: Richmond, TX Ask seller a question
Condition: Good
Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy.Ships Fast. 24*7 Customer Service.
Price:
$11.85
Comments:
Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy.Ships Fast. 24*7 Customer Service.
Seller: Murphy-Brookfield Books
7 orders (100% success)
Location: Iowa City SE, IA
Condition: Very Good
Shipping Icon
0471584266.
Price:
$16.87
Comments:
0471584266.
Seller: Ergodebooks
15,239 orders (98% success)
Location: Richmond, TX Ask seller a question
Condition: New
Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy.Ships Fast. 24*7 Customer Service.
Price:
$92.16
Comments:
Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy.Ships Fast. 24*7 Customer Service.
please wait
Please Wait

Notify Me When Available

Enter your email address below,
and we'll contact you when your school adds course materials for
.
Enter your email address below, and we'll contact you when is back in stock (ISBN: ).