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The First Word

Author : Christine Kenneally
ISBN : 0670034908
Genre : Science
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A history of the quest for human language origins is comprised of two intertwined narratives that respectively trace the development of language and the process through which scientists have explored the subject, in an account that also documents the contributions of such figures as Noam Chomsky and Steven Pinker.
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The Invisible History Of The Human Race

Author : Christine Kenneally
ISBN : 9781458798701
Genre : Science
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A New York Times Notable Book of 2014 We are doomed to repeat history if we fail to learn from it, but how are we affected by the forces that are invisible to us? What role does Neanderthal DNA play in our genetic makeup? How did the theory of eugenics embraced by Nazi Germany first develop? How is trust passed down in Africa, and silence inherited in Tasmania? How are private companies like uncovering, preserving and potentially editing the past? In The Invisible History of the Human Race, Christine Kenneally reveals that, remarkably, it is not only our biological history that is coded in our DNA, but also our social history. She breaks down myths of determinism and draws on cutting - edge research to explore how both historical artefacts and our DNA tell us where we have come from and where we may be going.
Category: Science

My First Book Of Russian Words

Author : Katy R. Kudela
ISBN : 9781429663366
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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"Simple text paired with themed photos invite the reader to learn to speak Russian"--Provided by publisher.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Before The Dawn

Author : Nicholas Wade
ISBN : 9780715642092
Genre : Science
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When did language emerge? How did our ancestors break out of Africa and defeat the more physically powerful Neanderthals? How did human nature change in the 35,000 years between the emergence of fully modern humans and the first settlements? In the last three years a flood of new scientific findings driven by revelations discovered in the human genome has provided compelling new answers to many long-standing mysteries about our ancient ancestors. Nicholas Wade takes readers to the forefront of research in a sweeping and engrossing narrative, the first to reveal how genetic discoveries are helping to weave together the perspectives of archaeology, palaeontology, anthropology, linguistics, and many other fields. Before the Dawn marks a major advance in our understanding of human nature and origins.
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Author : Charles Petzold
ISBN : 9780735638723
Genre : Computers
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What do flashlights, the British invasion, black cats, and seesaws have to do with computers? In CODE, they show us the ingenious ways we manipulate language and invent new means of communicating with each other. And through CODE, we see how this ingenuity and our very human compulsion to communicate have driven the technological innovations of the past two centuries. Using everyday objects and familiar language systems such as Braille and Morse code, author Charles Petzold weaves an illuminating narrative for anyone who’s ever wondered about the secret inner life of computers and other smart machines. It’s a cleverly illustrated and eminently comprehensible story—and along the way, you’ll discover you’ve gained a real context for understanding today’s world of PCs, digital media, and the Internet. No matter what your level of technical savvy, CODE will charm you—and perhaps even awaken the technophile within.
Category: Computers

The Origin Of Language

Author : Merritt Ruhlen
ISBN : 0471159638
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The Origin of Language A critically acclaimed journey back through time in search of the Mother Tongue and the roots of the human family "Invites the reader to learn and apply the common process used by linguists." —Science News "This book represents exactly the kind of thinking that is needed to pull historical linguistics out of its twentieth-century doldrums. . . . [W]ithout a doubt, a very readable book, well adapted to its popularizing aim." —LOS Forum "Believing that doing is learning, Ruhlen encourages his readers to try their hand (and eye) at classifying languages. This exercise helps us appreciate the challenges inherent in this fascinating and controversial science of comparative linguistics." —Booklist "Ruhlen is a leader in the new attempt to write the unified theory of language development and diffusion." —Library Journal "A powerful statement [and] also a wonderfully clear exposition of linguistic thinking about prehistory. . . . [Q]uite solid and very well presented." —Anthropological Science
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Big Board First 100 Words

Author : Roger Priddy
ISBN : 0312495412
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Presents pictures of individually labeled items that are grouped into sections based on what they are, such as things that go, pets, and food.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Sign Language

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ISBN : 0545056578
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Featuring illustrations and a simple kid-friendly design, this reference book for the youngest readers makes learning sign language fun and easy.
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Author : Michael Ruse
ISBN : 067403175X
Genre : Science
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An introduction to evolutionary biology spans evolutionary science from its inception to its latest findings, covering discoveries, philosophy, and history.
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Through The Language Glass

Author : Guy Deutscher
ISBN : 043401690X
Genre : Comparative linguistics
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"Guy Deutscher is that rare beast, an academic who talks good sense about linguisticsa he argues in a playful and provocative way, that our mother tongue does indeed affect how we think and, just as important, how we perceive the world." Observer *Does language reflect the culture of a society? *Is our mother-tongue a lens through which we perceive the world? *Can different languages lead their speakers to different thoughts? In Through the Language Glass, acclaimed author Guy Deutscher will convince you that, contrary to the fashionable academic consensus of today, the answer to all these questions is - yes. A delightful amalgam of cultural history and popular science, this book explores some of the most fascinating and controversial questions about language, culture and the human mind.
Category: Comparative linguistics