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By John McWhorter

A lively yet deep examination of linguistic change, growth, birth, and death, this book is a good plane or beach read; it packs a lot of fascinating information about languages past, present, and future into a fairly quick read. If you’ve ever wondered what the first ever language sounded like, where exactly French actually came from, or even whether or not you’re interested in the field of linguistics, you should definitely pick up a copy.