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Old 09-03-2013, 03:32 PM
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Pinker is a great writer, able to convey complicated ideas to us laymen. I should probably get a copy of The Language Instinct.

To me, one of the most fascinating aspects of linguistics regards paleolinguistics and the light it can shed on archeology. (I think I got this from Jared Diamond.) For example, if we find archeological evidence of a technology in two child cultures of the same parent culture, we can figure out whether the invention of the technology preceded the split or not. If it did, most technical terms will be similar. Of course, it's never that simple, but that gives us a starting point.