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On Language: Descent from the Tower of Babel Rod Mengham

On Language: Descent from the Tower of Babel

Rod Mengham

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ISBN : 9780316566711
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188 pages
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Using the fruits of the latest research in linguistics, history, psychology, and neurology, poet and critic Rod Mengham takes a new look at the origins, ends, and development of language. In a colorful examination that ranges from the details ofMoreUsing the fruits of the latest research in linguistics, history, psychology, and neurology, poet and critic Rod Mengham takes a new look at the origins, ends, and development of language. In a colorful examination that ranges from the details of brain functions to tracking the spread of Indo-European, the largest family of languages in the world, Mengham reveals how these processes have become complicated by successive waves of technological advance - by writing, by movable type and printing, by the telephone, by computer networks. It is through language that human beings define themselves and their world. Studying the histories of societies and the lives of individuals, On Language analyzes how cultures are organized around language, from literary classics to advertising slogans, and reflects on the rise of dictionaries, translations, and universal language schemes. Above all, Mengham uncovers the fundamental role that language plays in the process of social change and demonstrates how it can be used equally as a force for conservatism or for radical innovation in the formation of nationality and family, gender and class. Throughout this extensive study, Menghams arguments are persuasive, his conclusions controversial.