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This review is from: A History of Language (Globalities) (Paperback)
I really enjoyed this book, and I don't know of another one that covers the same ground.
It starts off with the origins of language in the animal world, and the various speculations as to its beginnings with humans. It goes on to relate how language families evolve, giving some fascinating insights into the relationships between them, and outlines the development of writing systems. The author has particularly interesting observations on how languages change over time. There are chapters on the discipline of linguistics and on social aspects of language, computer languages and language extinctions. All this in 220 pages is quite an achievement.
I admit I have a background in linguistics, and it might be a bit harder going for a reader who has none at all, but I would call it a comparatively easy read, in a very informal style and well worth the effort - if any is needed - to follow the arguments and digest the information it contains.