Concise, informative, readable,
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This review is from: The Origin of Language: Tracing the Evolution of the Mother Tongue (Paperback)
Having a love of languages I found this book very interesting. From my own knowledge I was able to identify the families of the languages in the first table before it was explained and don't see any reason to believe this would not also be true in the other language groups that I am not familiar with (contrary to the one star reviewer). This book gave me what I was looking for - a concise introduction to world language distribution.
I also feel that it was necessary to alert the reader to the opposing views which one might find elsewhere, although this was maybe not so elegantly done as it might have been. The connection between language, linguistics and politics is another issue for other books.
This one seems to me a great introduction and walks the difficult line between scientific jargon and readibility very well