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    Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct. Now you can explore all of these questions and more in an in-depth series of 36 lectures from one of America's leading linguists.

    You'll be witness to the development of human language, learning how a single tongue spoken 150,000 years ago evolved into the estimated 6,000 languages used around the world today and gaining an appreciation of the remarkable ways in which one language sheds light on another.

    The many fascinating topics you examine in these lectures include: the intriguing evidence that links a specific gene to the ability to use language; the specific mechanisms responsible for language change; language families and the heated debate over the first language; the phenomenon of language mixture; why some languages develop more grammatical machinery than they actually need; the famous hypothesis that says our grammars channel how we think; artificial languages, including Esperanto and sign languages for the deaf; and how word histories reflect the phenomena of language change and mixture worldwide.

    PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

    ©2004 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2004 The Great Courses

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    solid, but less scientific than hoped

    Haben Sie die Zeit genossen, in der Sie dieses Hörbuch gehört haben? Warum oder warum nicht?

    One of the qualities of this audio book is that it is very comprehensible, with a lot of redundant and repeating content, which makes it easy to follow. If you're already familiar with linguistic science this might lead to some boredom, just because of the redundancy. If you're new to the matter this might be actually helpful.

    Würden Sie The Story of Human Language Ihren Freunden empfehlen? Warum oder warum nicht?

    I'd recommend it to lay people interested in general linguistics. But you should be careful since McWhorter is not always perfectly accurate in his examples and some of the concepts are by far less accepted than presented.

    Was genau mochten Sie an der Sprecherleistung? Was hat Ihnen nicht gefallen?

    John McWhorter speaks clearly and very comprehensible even for non-native English speakers. Personally I did not like his style, but that is always a debatable aspect. His voice and cadence is very good.

    Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

    There are 4 chapters dedicated to the Creole language, which an accordingly interested person will find very useful. From a scientific perspective I see a lot more debatable content, which hasn't been marked as such.

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    Biased

    Since this course apparently aims at a non-linguist audience, it would be preferable to represent linguistic debates in a less biased way.

    The speaker has in some aspect non-canonical views and represents in debates (e.g. splitters vs. lumpers) predominantly his personal perspective. The hearer should be aware that this is less “the” story of human language, but rather “a” story of human language.

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    Everything you ever wanted to know about language

    Very interesting view on language. Enjoyed every bit of it. Speaker is entertaining. Very nice.

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    I liked it :)

    It was my very first audio book from the "great courses series" so I don't have anything to compare with. But I think that Mr. McWhorter has a very nice way of explaining things and showing examples. With little jokes here and there I found my self often giggle.
    As for the insight, he explains how spoken and written languages develop, how different they can be and so on. Which was very interesting and I did learn something, so for that 5 stars.

    I did probably expect more language examples, in the new and old ones, and in general more detailed insight. But I don't feel that I am missing something.
    The lessons were also very good structured, one lesson was always almost 30min long. So every half hour you can pause and process the new learned information quite nicely.

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    Eine lebendige Einführung in die Linguistik

    Prof. McWhorters Vorlesungen sind eine spannende Einführung in die Linguistik. An Hand von zahlreichen Beispielen erläutert die er die Vielfalt der menschlichen Sprachen, geht ihren Ursprüngen, Verwandtschaften und Veränderungen nach. Ein Kurs, den ich jederzeit weiterempfehlen würde!

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    Amazing course

    One of the best courses in this series. I enjoyed it very much and I learned a lot.