by John McWhorter
How does language change through time? How did one language become thousands? Is there any real difference between dialects and languages? What was the first human language like? McWhorter thoroughly explores these ideas and many more in this fascinating book. If you enjoyed the scope and spirit of Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel, I highly recommend this parallel story of human development. Though McWhorter's style is very informal (sometimes even silly), he does take you, step-by-step, through a vast evolutionary world.