Skip to content

  Home > Binding > Paperback >

Bastard Tongues: A Trailblazing Linguist Finds Clues to Our Common Humanity in the Worlds Lowliest Languages
Bastard Tongues: A Trailblazing Linguist Finds Clues to Our Common Humanity in the Worlds Lowliest Languages by Derek Bickerton 0809028166 9780809028160
Stock Image - Actual Cover May Vary
 

Bastard Tongues: A Trailblazing Linguist Finds Clues to Our Common Humanity in the Worlds Lowliest Languages by Derek Bickerton

Bastard Tonguesis an exciting, firsthand story of scientific discovery in an area of research close to the heart of what it means to be humanwhat language is, how it works, and how it passes from generation to generation, even where historical accidents have made normal transmission almost impossible. The story focuses on languages so low in the pecking order that many people dont regard them as languages at allCreole languages spoken by descendants of slaves and indentured laborers in plantation colonies all over the world. nbsp; The story is told by Derek Bickerton, who has spent more than thirty years researching these languages on four continents and developing a controversial theory that explains why they are so similar to one another. A published novelist, Bickerton (once described as part scholar, part swashbuckling man of action) does not present his findings in the usual dry academic manner. Instead, you become a companion on his journey of discovery. You learn things as he learned them, share his disappointments and triumphs, explore the exotic locales where he worked, and meet the colorful characters he encountered along the way. The result is a unique blend of memoir, travelogue, history, and linguistics primer, appealing to anyone who has ever wondered how languages grow or what its like to search the world for new knowledge.

Author: Derek Bickerton

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 288

Publisher: Hill and Wang

Publication Date: 2009-03-17

Our Price: $4.19

Quantity:2
ISBN: 0809028166


Condition:
Like-New [Add $0.60]
Very-Good [Add $0.40]
Good [Add $0.20]
Acceptable

Quantity:  
Description
 
Derek Bickerton (Edition: First Edition) Paperback


Browse for more products in the same category as this item:

Binding > Paperback

* Free Shipping applies to all orders shipped to the contiguous 48 United States. Variable shipping rates apply to Alaska, Hawaii, and the American Territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands) as well as International orders shipped to countries other than the USA.