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How Language Began: The Story of Humanity’s Greatest Invention Hardcover – 21 Sept. 2017

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Very few books on the biological and cultural origin of humanity can be ranked as classics. I believe that Daniel Everett's How Language Began will be one of them. (Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University)

How Language Began occupies a rare literary space that explains complex issues clearly to general readers while being an original contribution to scholarship...the arguments he marshals and insights he provides are impressive...anyone interested in language would gain from reading this book. (Oliver Kamm Times)

Ambitious...the subject-matter is completely enthralling...Everett is at the very top of his intellectual game. (Harry Ritchie Spectator)

Important and fascinating (Adrian Woolfson Prospect)

Everett is skilled at leavening an intellectually challenging treatise with humor ... A worthy book for general readers (Kirkus Reviews)

Praise for Language: The Cultural Tool:
'A book whose importance is almost impossible to overstate.

(Sunday Times)

Revelatory. There is nothing about humans that is quite as astonishing as language. (Guardian)

Impressively modest and reasoned. (Economist)

The most important - and provocative - anthropological field work ever undertaken. (Tom Wolfe)

Praise for Don't Sleep, There are Snakes:
'A worldwide bestseller that finds no competition from linguistic researchers.

(New Scientist)

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A revolutionary account of the origins of language from one of the world's best known and most influential linguists

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5.0 out of 5 stars Daniel Everett gives a thorough review of the roots of ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Un libro muy recomendable
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5.0 out of 5 stars A little long but it is History
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3.0 out of 5 stars 口を開いている埴輪の土偶は何を話してるのか?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Controversial and revisionist are two words that came to my mind while reading this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference for academics and the curious.
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