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The kingdom of speech, Tom Wolfe

Label
The kingdom of speech
Title
The kingdom of speech
Statement of responsibility
Tom Wolfe
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Before Tom Wolfe was a bestselling novelist, he was a groundbreaking journalist. Now the maestro storyteller turns his attention to the mystery behind the creation of his own most important tool: language. In The Kingdom of Speech, Wolfe makes the captivating, paradigm-shifting argument that speech--not evolution--is responsible for humanity's complex societies and achievements. From Alfred Russel Wallace, the self-taught Englishman who beat Charles Darwin to the theory of natural selection but later renounced it for its inability to explain human speech, to the neo-Darwinists, who for years argued that there is a language 'organ' in the human brain, Wolfe examines how science has repeatedly tried and failed to account for man's gift of gab. Flash forward to the present day and the controversial work of another outsider, anthropologist Daniel Everett. After thirty years of studying a tribe isolated deep in the jungles of the Amazon, Everett revealed a people whose prehistoric level of speech had led to a society without religion, ceremonies, hierarchies, marriage, or ornaments, and without the ability to plan ahead or to consider a past beyond personal lifetimes, thus defying the current wisdom that language is hardwired in humans. With trenchant wit and uproarious humor, Wolfe cracks open the secretive, solemn, long-faced, laugh-out-loud zigzags of Darwinism, both old and neo-, and he shows the endless importance of the courageous outsider in overturning our most cherished ideas about ourselves. Provocative and fast-paced, Wolfe's latest tour de force will have everyone talking."--Dust jacket
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wolfe, Tom
Dewey number
  • 301
  • 401.9
Index
no index present
LC call number
GN
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Language and culture
  • Speech
  • Human evolution
  • Oral communication
  • Social history
  • Language and languages
  • Historical linguistics
Label
The kingdom of speech, Tom Wolfe
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 170-185)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1650335
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
185 pages
Isbn
9780316404624
Lccn
2016942707
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1650335
  • (OCoLC)932174083
Label
The kingdom of speech, Tom Wolfe
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 170-185)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1650335
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
185 pages
Isbn
9780316404624
Lccn
2016942707
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1650335
  • (OCoLC)932174083

Library Locations

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