The Secret Life of Language: Discover the Origins of Global Communication by Simon Pulleyn
Uses quirky illustrations, helpful diagrams and clear text to unlock the fascinating workings behind the development of the world's languages. Readers will gain insight into the extraordinary underlying stories and facts about the language (or languages) they speak, as well as those that they perhaps would like to learn.
Six chapters cover all of the world's language groups from their historic origins to today.
The anatomy of speech — The history of communication; Evolution of the power of speech
What makes up a language? — Language families.
Writing systems — and the origins of writing
What next? — The future of the human language.
Discover the fascinating history of human language around the world, and learn about all the hidden processes underlying your everyday communication.