The Power of Babel

The Power of Babel

A Natural History of Language

Book - 2001
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Publisher: New York : W.H. Freeman, cc2001
ISBN: 9780716744733
0716744732
Branch Call Number: 417.7 McW
Characteristics: 327 p

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Samuel A Marcum Jul 09, 2012

I picked this book up because I have a passing interest in language. I'm not an language academic by any means, so my perception might be scewed.

I did find the book utterly fascinating at parts, but on the whole there was much of it that really bored me as well. I thought I'd be more interested than I actually was, which would be good if I were exploring language as a potential major or course of study. Having finished the book I do feel more well informed about langage formation - and there are some great conversational topics I can now speak to - but I wouldn't say this book provided any "great revelation" about language "powers" or "mastery" as the title might suggest.

3.5 of 5.

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