Discover the fascinating history of human language around the world, and learn about all the hidden processes underlying your everyday communication.
This book looks at how language has evolved around the globe from ancestral proto-languages to our recognisable modern tongues. It demonstrates how language has been shaped by social and cultural influences, and even explains how our anatomy affects the articulation, and therefore evolution, of words. Discover the surprising stories behind the origin of the written word, the difficulties of decipherment and the challenge of inventing from scratch languages such as Dothraki.
Combining expert analysis with accessible narrative and fun illustrations, THE SECRET LIFE OF LANGUAGE makes even the complex topics of philology, morphology and phonology easy to understand.