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Language: The Cultural Tool


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A groundbreaking and controversial new theory about how we talk.

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Daniel Everett is Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University in Massachusetts. Previously, he was Chair of the department of languages, literatures and cultures at Illinois State University. He is the author of Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes.


Impressively modest and reasoned ... deserves a serious reading * Economist *
Revelatory. There is nothing about humans that is quite as astonishing as language * Guardian *
A book whose importance is almost impossible to overstate. This is an intellectual cri de coeur and a profound celebration of human diversity ... A very rich but also very readable book * Sunday Times *
The most important - and provocative - anthropological field work ever undertaken -- Tom Wolfe
Controversial, driven by data from across the sciences, and leavened with wit - Language: The Cultural Tool is the book on language I have been waiting and waiting for. A masterpiece, and then some -- Patricia S. Churchland
A must-read for anyone having an interest in knowing what makes us human -- Patricia S. Churchland
The most recent and most eloquent account of a remarkable sea change that is taking place in our understanding of the nature of human language -- Michael Corballis
This is exciting work. I learned a tremendous amount from it, as will anyone who is concerned with the nature of language and of mind -- Robert Brandom
Thoughtfully reflecting on the communicative ecologies of the Amazonian peoples among whom he has lived and worked, Dan Everett mounts an impassioned argument that language has adaptively emerged as our species' "tool" for achieving social collectivity via discourse -- Michael Silverstein
A radical reassessment of the origin and evolution of language....The book eloquently reminds us that the incredible diversity of languages on this planet reflect different ways of thinking and being in the world - a phenomenon that might sadly be on the verge of extinction -- Robert Greene
A very good read ... a most lively introduction * Times Higher Educational Supplement *

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