- ISBN 9781781253939
- Categories BX, BX BXOS, BXOS, Language & linguistics, New Arrivals OS, Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction: Personal Development, Reference
- Author(s) Daniel Everett
- Publisher Profile Books Ltd
- Weight 0.284 kg
Daniel Everett confounds the conventional wisdom that language originated with Homo sapiens 150,000 years ago and that we have a 'language instinct'. Drawing on evidence from a wide range of fields, including linguistics, archaeology, biology, anthropology and neuroscience, he shows that our ancient ancestors, Homo erectus, had the biological and mental equipment for speech one and half million years ago, and that their cultural and technological achievements (including building ocean-going boats) make it overwhelmingly likely they spoke some kind of language.