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  • The Story of Human Language

  • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
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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.

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  • This is from 2005

  • By David on 26-07-2018

Great intro to linguistics

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Reviewed: 18-05-2019

This was an entertaining and illuminating lecture series with examples from many languages from around the world.