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This review is from: The Unfolding Of Language (Paperback)
Miffed at how languages always seem to be losing inflection? Amazed at the grace and beauty of the Classical languages? Worried that all grammatical structures will break down catastrophically leaving us all grunting on all fours? Read this book and your mind will be put at ease. Guy Deutscher in an amusing style, which I'll admit does grate a bit by the end, explains the ongoing battle between economy and expression and how these processes are responsible not only for the creation, but also for the destruction of grammatical structures.
For any novice who wants an introduction to morphology, this is the book for you! It'll open your mind, get you thinking, and it will open the door to more academic reading.
I read this book in a day and a half, I just couldn't put it down! A thoroughly fascinating read and I strongly recommend it to anyone!