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brilliant popular science,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Origin of Language: Tracing the Evolution of the Mother Tongue (Paperback)
Being a bilingual and a sometime translator, I have always had a certain fascination for linguistics itself. Some years ago there was an article in, I think, Scientific American about this line of research, with a fascinating connection with glottochronological theory dating the Mother Tongue at the same very approximate time, 200 000 years ago, that mitochondrial genetic research has placed the individual mother from which all present human females are descended! Ruhlen's work wet my appetite enormously. Developments that might long be buried in academic journals are bought to light, and the presentation actually makes the reader acquire something resembling a living skill in the subject. You can work out the connections yourself between languages you never heard of.