Human Language Evolution

As Coframed by Behavioural and Psychological Universalisms

by Owi Nandi



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/18/2012

Recognition Programs

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 236
ISBN : 9781462057825
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 236
ISBN : 9781462057849
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 236
ISBN : 9781462057832

About the Book

Human speech is one of the most fascinating realms of study on earth, and the diversity of languages is overwhelming. In Human Language Evolution, author Dr. Owi Nandi explores the results of his long-term study delving into the origin of spoken language and his search for common patterns among all language families.

In an effort to compare and connect recent developments in linguistics and in the study of human evolution via genomic sequencing, Nandi’s study shows how various languages use similar sounds for words with similar meanings. It also demonstrates that these similarities may have evolved from human facial expressions caused by emotions like fear, alertness, joy, pleasure, or pain. Covering thirty-four world languages, Nandi discusses the psychological background of an array of words—such as counting, evil, hurting, scratching, coughing, thinking, father—and compares those among other languages.

Seasoned with notes on psychological backgrounds, Human Language Evolution provides rich insight into the whys of universally conserved linguistic patterns in light of the 170,000-year history of modern mankind, transcending the reaches of traditional etymology.

About the Author

Owi Nandi received his PhD in science in 1998 from the University of Zürich, Switzerland. He published several in-depth scientific articles on plant biology, plant systematics, and plant biochemistry. Linguistics and etymology was a long beloved and stubbornly pursued secondary discipline in Nandi’s high-school and university career. He has an active knowledge of at least thirty languages, while speaking eight of them more fluently. Owi Nandi is member of the well-known Association of the World’s long range etymologists, ASLIP, Association for the Study of Language in Prehistory.