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Selected Books by Edmund Blair Bolles

  • Galileo's Commandment: 2500 Years of Great Science Writing
  • The Ice Finders: How a Poet, a Professor, and a Politician Discovered the Ice Age
  • Einstein Defiant: Genius vs Genius in the Quantum Revolution

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Uzza

If uniformitarianism holds, then the processes used to create language the first time are the same ones used today by language-deprived deaf children.

These the children spontaneously invent strategies like case markings and word order, with each individual favoring one or another; when they interact socially the grammatical constructions undergo a process of selection to converge on a shared form. This process has been observed to generate entire new languages in the space of a single generation.

All this has been studied in detail and is well laid out in the following two books:
the Resilience of Language, Susan Goldin-Meadow (2003) ISBN 1-84169-026-0
Constructing a Language, by Michael Tomasello (2003) ISBN 0-674-01030-2

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