Language : The Cultural Tool, Paperback

Language : The Cultural Tool Paperback



Like other tools, language was invented, can be reinvented or lost, and shows significant variation across cultures.

It's as essential to survival as fire - and, like fire, is found in all human societies.

Language presents the bold and controversial idea that language is not an innate component of the brain, as has been famously argued by Chomsky and Pinker.

Rather, it's a cultural tool which varies much more across different societies than the innateness view suggests.

Fusing adventure, anthropology, linguistics and psychology, and drawing on Everett's pioneering research with the Amazonian Pirahas, Language argues that language is embedded within - and is inseparable from - its specific culture.

This book is like a fire that will generate much light. And much heat.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: linguistics
  • ISBN: 9781846682681



Free delivery within the UK
Standard Delivery
Within the UK

Also by Daniel Everett



Available for
immediate download



Available for
immediate download