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Why Only Us: Language and Evolution

Robert C. Berwick and Noam Chomsky

We are born crying, but those cries signal the first stirring of language. Within a year or so, infants master the sound system of their language; a few years after that, they are engaging in conversations. This remarkable, species-specific ability to acquire any human language—“the language faculty”—raises important biological questions about language, including how it has evolved. This book addresses the enduring question of the evolution of  ...Read more



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