Saturday, August 11, 2007

The First Word

In a piece in The New York Times Book Review of Aug. 12, 2007 called "Look Who's Talking" Emily Eakin reviews The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language by Christine Kenneally. Some of those whose work is mentioned in the book include Paul Bloom of Yale, Noam Chomsky, Tecumseh Fitch, Philip Lieberman, Steven Pinker, and Sue Savage-Rumbaugh. Publisher's Weekly says,
"Kenneally's insistence upon seeing human capacity for speech on an evolutionary continuum of communication that includes all other animal species provides a respite from ideological declamations about human supremacy, but the book will appeal mainly to those who are drawn to the nuts and bolts of scientific inquiry into language."

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