—Elizabeth Closs Traugott, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and English, Stanford University
“At last, an entertaining and readable book that presents the most current views on language and its evolution.”
—Joan Bybee, Professor of Linguistics, University of New Mexico
“Thoroughly enjoyable... Guy Deutscher is an erudite and entertaining guide through the paradoxes and complexities of language evolution.”
—Gene Gragg, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, University of Chicago
A brilliant and original exploration of how languages evolve and have evolved, comparable to Steven Pinker's The Language Instinct in its accessibility, wit and ambition.