Stock Image

The Origin and Diversification of Language; Edited by Joel Sherzer; Foreword by Dell Hymes

Swadesh, Morris (1909-1967)

0 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0710071957 / ISBN 13: 9780710071958
Published by London, Routledge And K. Paul, 1972, 1972
Used Hardcover
From MW Books Ltd (New York, NY, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since July 12, 2005

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 28.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: Free Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

Fine cloth copy in a near fine dw. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. ; 350 pages; Includes bibliographies. Description: xviii, 350 p. Illus. 24 cm. Subjects: Language and languages. 350 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 36183

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: The Origin and Diversification of Language; ...

Publisher: London, Routledge And K. Paul, 1972

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

About this title


Morris Swadesh, one of this century's foremost scientific investigators of language, dedicated much of his life to the study of the origin and evolution of language. This volume, left nearly completed at his death and edited posthumously by Joel F. Sherzer, is his last major study of this difficult subject.Swadesh discusses the simple qualities of human speech also present in animal language, and establishes distinctively human techniques of expression by comparing the common features that are found in modern and ancient languages. He treats the diversification of language not only by isolating root words in different languages, but also by dealing with sound systems, with forms of composition, and with sentence structure. In so doing, he demonstrates the evidence for the expansion of all language from a single central area. Swadesh supports his hypothesis by "exhibits" that conveniently present the evidence in tabular form. Further clarity is provided by the use of a suggestive practical phonetic system, intelligible to the student as well as to the professional.The book also contains an Appendix, in which the distinguished ethnographer of language, Dell Hymes, gives a valuable account of the prewar linguistic tradition within which Swadesh did some of his most important work.

About the Author:

Morris Swadesh (1909-1967) initiated or was associated with the introduction of many new approaches in scientific linguistics, including phonemics, glottochronology, and new concepts of language evolution. At the time of his death, he was research professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

MW Books Limited. Registered at 70A Renmore Road, Galway, Ireland. Email; Tel; +353.91.768981. Authorized representative; Jim
Shaughnessy. US Returns to; 364 Degraw St. Brooklyn, NY 11231. Company
registration; 382786. Vat; IE 6402786L.
Immediate, same-day dispatch on all pre-paid orders. All books securely
packaged. Condition is guaranteed with all items shipped fully on approval.
If a
book is heavy, over-weight, or requires a supplement to the ABE standard

More Information
Shipping Terms:

Orders usually ship within 1 business day from our Irish or US locations.
costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your order is heavy or
oversized, we may contact you through ABE's 'Request Extra Shipping' facility
let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express