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By John McWhorter

There are nearly six thousand languages on the earth at the present time, every one a descendant of the tongue first spoken via Homo sapiens a few 150,000 years in the past. whereas laying out how languages combine and mutate through the years, linguistics professor John McWhorter reminds us of the range in the species that speaks them, and argues that, opposite to well known belief, language isn't really immutable and hidebound, yet a dwelling, dynamic entity that adapts itself to an ever-changing human surroundings.

Full of humor and resourceful perception, The energy of Babel attracts its illustrative examples from languages world wide, together with pidgins, Creoles, and nonstandard dialects.

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