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Hurford's style is very clear and there is certainly no better introduction to linguistics around for evolutionarily inclined outsiders. (Mark Aronoff, Evolutionary Linguistics)

Hurford's scope is encyclopaedic (N.J. Enfield, Times Literary Supplement)

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James R. Hurford is Emeritus Professor of General Linguistics, University of Edinburgh. He is co-editor, with Kathleen Gibson, of OUP's Studies in Language Evolution, co-founder, with Simon Kirby, of the Language Evolution and Computation Research Unit at the University of Edinburgh, and co-founder, with Chris Knight, of the EVOLANG series of international conferences on the evolution of language. His books include The Linguistic Theory of Numerals (CUP, 1975), Language and Number: The Emergence of a Cognitive System (Blackwell, 1987), Grammar: A Student's Guide (CUP 1994), and The Origins of Meaning (OUP 2007).

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Origins of Grammar 18 Jun. 2012
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This is the second volume of two on the evolutionary origins of language, the fourth or fifth I have read on the topic and by far the best. The author discusses the origin of words/vocabulary in the first volume and, in this second volume, the development of grammar or rules for putting words together. Along the way, he discusses recent discoveries about pidgins and creoles, the modern development of new sign languages, and something of the modern history of linguistics. A fascinating read with well argued points.
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