Chapter 1 The World's Language
• Bryson discusses the place of English in the world including successful and unsuccessful use of the language by non-native speakers.
• English is often the neutral language chosen for international businesses with employees that speak different native languages.
• English has a vocabulary significantly larger than other languages allowing for more precise expression.
• The English language also has the advantage of flexibility.
Chapter 2 The Dawn of Language
• The Neanderthal man was superseded by the Cro-Magnon man because the larnyx of the Cro-Magnon man was located deeper in the throat allowing for more complex language sounds.
• Some theories state that languages are related by certain sounds or sound clusters necessary for basic speech.
• Noted linguist Noam Chomsky asserts that children have innate "ground rules" giving them a predisposition for, and interest in, speech and language.
• Similarities between the ancient language of Sanskrit and the languages of Europe...
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