Evolution of Languages

Grant Barrett gbarrett at AMERICANDIALECT.ORG
Fri Aug 13 20:45:37 UTC 1999

>From the Scout Report

The Evolution of Languages

Another great site from Exploratorium (described in the February 21,
1997 Scout Report) The Evolution of Language provides users with
tools to trace and explore the evolution of the spoken and written
word. Enhanced by audio interviews with linguist Merritt Ruhlen,
author of _The Origin of Language: Tracing the Evolution of the
Mother Tongue_, this simple but well crafted site provides a nice
jumping off point for those interested in the subject. Several
exercises and tables help users explore how linguists trace word use
and creation as well as how they group languages into common
families. Also included is basic information about the history of
linguistics and the roots of language classification. [REB]

Grant Barrett

World New York

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