05 October 2008

What I'm Reading

The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language, by Christine Kenneally. This book was recommended to me by a former colleague and friend, but, because I have only just begun it, I cannot yet recommend it myself. It is a fascinating topic, however, one that cuts across many disciplines: history, anthropology, linguistics, political economy, and evolutionary biology.

Up next on my list:

Language Evolution: Contact, Competition and Change, by Salikoko S. Mufwene. I met Professor Mufwene briefly when I was a graduate student at the University of Chicago and he was chairman of its linguistics department. He is a very impressive person. I look forward to reading his book, especially since "invisible hand" is one of its central organizing concepts, and appears already on p. 2 and throughout the book.

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