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Merritt Ruhlen

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Merritt Ruhlen (1944–2021) was a linguist and anthropologist, well known for his books Guide to the World’s Languages, Vol. 1: Classification (1987), The Origin of Language: Tracing the Evolution of the Mother Tongue (1994), On the Origin of Languages: Studies in Linguistic Taxonomy (1994), and numerous articles in journals, books, and encyclopedias. Ruhlen worked with Joseph H. Greenberg for three-and-a-half decades and became the principal advocate and defender of Greenberg’s methods of language classification. Ruhlen served as a lecturer in Anthropological Sciences and Human Biology at Stanford University, co-founder of the Evolution of Human Languages Project, advisor on the board of the Genographic Project, visiting professor at the City University of Hong Kong, and a Correspondant of the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris. After a long illness Ruhlen succumbed on January 29, 2021 in his home in Palo Alto, Calif.

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The Origin of Language

Tracing the Evolution of the Mother Tongue
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4495-8
What can the classification of languages tell us about human origins and human prehistory? This book presents a popular account of the origin of language. It is intended for an audience with no prior knowledge of comparative linguistics, genetics or archaeology. The present volume is a reprint of the 2009 second edition of the book, and includes the text of the first edition (1994) with minor modifications, as well as the scientific evidence for monogenesis, and a Postscript recounting developments in the field since the original publication of the book.
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