Language Matters 1: Linguistics

April McMahon, Will Barras, Lynn Clark, Remco Knooihuizen, Amanda Patten, Jennifer Sullivan

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It is hard to think of a more fundamental question than what makes us human. Naturally, fundamental questions have many possible answers; a particularly pithy and engaging one is Francis Evans’ ‘two legs, thing using and talking’ (Evans 1998). Evans argues that humans are essentially bipedal, technological, linguistic animals, and in this essay we will focus on the last of these – the idea that humans are humans because we talk.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Public Value Of The Humanities
EditorsJonathan Bate
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Print)978-1849660624
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011

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