Written in Stone by Christopher Stevens audiobook

Written in Stone: A Journey Through the Stone Age and the Origins of Modern Language

By Christopher Stevens
Read by Michael Healy

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9.37 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781494585587

Half the world's population speaks a language that has evolved from a single, prehistoric mother tongue. First spoken in Stone Age times, on the steppes of central Eurasia 6,500 years ago, this mother tongue spread from the shores of the Black Sea across almost all of Europe and much of Asia. It is the genetic basis of everything we speak and write today—the DNA of language. Written in Stone combines detective work, mythology, ancient history, archaeology, the roots of society, technology and warfare, and the sheer fascination of words to explore that original mother tongue, sketching the connections woven throughout the immense vocabulary of English, with some surprising results. In snappy, lively, and often very funny chapters, Written in Stone uncovers the most influential and important words used by our Neolithic ancestors and shows how they are still in constant use today—the building blocks of all our most common words and phrases.

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Summary

Summary

Half the world's population speaks a language that has evolved from a single, prehistoric mother tongue. First spoken in Stone Age times, on the steppes of central Eurasia 6,500 years ago, this mother tongue spread from the shores of the Black Sea across almost all of Europe and much of Asia. It is the genetic basis of everything we speak and write today—the DNA of language.

Written in Stone combines detective work, mythology, ancient history, archaeology, the roots of society, technology and warfare, and the sheer fascination of words to explore that original mother tongue, sketching the connections woven throughout the immense vocabulary of English, with some surprising results.

In snappy, lively, and often very funny chapters, Written in Stone uncovers the most influential and important words used by our Neolithic ancestors and shows how they are still in constant use today—the building blocks of all our most common words and phrases.

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Editorial Reviews

Stevens, an adventurer in language, demonstrates considerable prowess in making the journey both edifying and entertaining. Kirkus

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Author Bio: Christopher Stevens

Author Bio: Christopher Stevens

Christopher Stevens is a writer and journalist. His runaway bestselling mnemonics book Thirty Days Has September hit the number-one reference book spot on Amazon. Christopher worked at the Observer for fifteen years before moving to the Daily Mail. He lives in London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 9.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English