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Similarly constructed of verbs adjectives and nouns What i didn t realize until i read tom didn t realize until I read Tom s superb book The Kingdom of Speech was that Chomsky had been toppled from his position of linguistic demi Godhood by a relative newcomer Daniel Everett In The Kingdom of Speech Tom Wolfe not only takes down Chomsky in his USUAL SHARP YET LANGUID MANNER BUT CHARLES DARWIN AND sharp yet languid manner but Charles Darwin and Just so stories on the volution of man also undergo a much needed Sid and Sam examination What ties Darwin Chomsky Everett and this book together is the uest to solve mystery of the origin of language Darwin guessed that languagevolved from humans imitating bird speech Chomsky believed that language ability Screwball evolved within an as yet unknown brainnervous system organ However a relative newcomer in the world of linguistics Daniel Everett Moody Bible College graduate and former missionary to a remote ian tribe called the Piraha throws a monkey wrench intostablished Chomskyan linguistics What Everett discovers in this ian tribe is a people who do not have all of the Universal Grammar lements in their language Further they have no words for colors or numbers and they have no language for the past or future as they live in a state of ternal now Everett says that the uniueness of the Piraha language because it does not prescribe to Chomsky s Universal Grammar proves that language ability is not innate but actually an artifact created by humans to live in community In other words language is a tool a sophisticated tool somehow devised by humans over time I have a number of problems with Everett s ideas which Tom Wolfe by the way seems to totally The Outlaw Jesse James embrace Everett see the Piraha as anxample of the Up All Night earliest humans They havembraced very little from other cultures in the rainforest because of their belief that anything outside of their culture is inferior and should be dismissed The Piraha s language although The Spiral Dance extremely difficult to learn is a very limited language in complexity sociological constructs and vocabulary This tribe can notven be counted as stone age in their technological development since they don t have stone tools Their only tools are very rudimentary bows and arrows They live in lean to s that are The Erotic Mind easily disposed of Having no concept for the future limits their desire or need perhaps to prepare for it Obviously such a people will leave few traces of theirxistence however I see no reason to view them as something from which stone age and present day humans have Dancing at Midnight (The Splendid Trilogy, evolved Of course I am not a macrovolutionists and what I am about to say is terribly politically incorrect but could it not be It Hurts When I Poop! a Story for Children Who Are Scared to Use the Potty eually true that this tribe is anxample of devolution Cannot change change and Here With Me (Together evolution are synonyms happen in both directions Forxample present day humans have smaller brains and weaker physiues than Cro Magnon people I would be very interested to see a DNA analysis of this 300 or so person tribe I would not be surprised if they all have a common ancestor that broke off a few hundred or so years ago from another ian tribe Are they really a separate and distinct people as their language seems to imply I could speculate as to why their progenitors were not using a native language Could they have been feral children who have little xperience of human language What kind of language would such a pair or of ferals create And although the xtreme conditions of the rainforest make it seem unlikely for a child to survive without adults perhaps this is the case for the origins of the Pirahas Perhaps the progenitors were deafmutes I assume the tribe has no LEGENDS OF THEIR BEGINNINGS SINCE THEY of their beginnings since they little concept of the past so why or how they came to be will remain a mystery However the magnitude of Everett s claim has not been thoroughly Wicked Lies (Men of Summer, examined it seems to me He is saying the Piraha s language is akin to a prima lingua If this is true it should beasily proven by the Piraha tribe having a separate and distinct DNA lineage because as we have seen throughout history when different people groups intermingle their languages also intermingle Everett is claiming by using them as an Grave Tattoo example of a prima indigenous people that this tiny tribe has somehow stayed intact separate an unchanged for what 10000 100000 1 million years It is hard to say becausevolutionists throw out numbers for humanity s beginnings as Georgia and the Tycoon easily as strippers throw off clothes All that is needed is a simple DNA test to prove if the Piraha are truly a separate indigenous people group In other words to make a whole new case for the origins of language based on one tiny tribe of people seems ludicrous I suppose my true colors as a Chomskyite are beingxposed I do believe in an innate language abili. Is a captivating paradigm shifting argument that speech not Churchills Trial evolution is responsible for humanity's complex societies and achievementsFrom Alfred Russel Wallace the Englishman who beat Darwin to the theory of natural selection but later renounced it and through the This book forms a loose trilogy with The Painted Word Wolfe s dissection of art and art criticism and From Bauhaus to Our House his similarvisceration of architectural theory This book is different in that Wolfe has ventured into scientific theory or actually holy This book is different in that Wolfe has ventured into scientific theory or actually holy ie Darwinian volutionary Those two books also dealt with a smaller topic the conflict between American independent thought and the tendency American intellectuals to follow European isms one of Wolfe s particular bugaboos But ven though this book deals with science you see the same themes as Wolfe s arlier works the importance of cultural and class distinctions in how thoughts gain social currency the need for human beings to group themselves off into hostile tribes ven within civilization the capacity of intellectuals to accept large concepts for largely non intellectual reasons and the importance of personality in shaping what are supposed to be impersonal concepts that shape how we live our lives Wolfe likes to toss these occasional grenades into the In Pursuit of a Princess ether and watch people shrink in horror when they see their various sacred cows in art science or politics threatened Like thosearlier works Wolfe does some reporting but largely relies on previously published work into which he injects his own distinctive style One need only look at the reviews to see some of his suspicions confirmed How dare this mere journalist uestion the accepted logic of scientists What could he possibly know of science All sounding strangely Second Time Loving enough like offended clergymen confronted with The Origin of the Species There are various stories within the story and Wolfenjoys showing Darwin as not so much a big brain but as a man with maladies and pride and vanity much in the same vein as Noam Chomsky and others This drives home his point that our intellectual heroes are not always so much concerned with truth as their own jealously guarded reputations Keeping in mind this is a 169 page book with footnotes Wolfe isn t interested in a big takedown of volutionary theory as much as a window on how human beings digest thought One gets a sense of the vast acreage of how much we don t really know about areas we pretend we completely understand and how much of what we think is unshakeable scientific fact may be resting on foundations of ducated guesses making us no different than the ancestors we look down upon The ffect perhaps isn t so much that we should mistrust what we know as we should never be afraid to uestion any part of it Tom Wolfe tries to take down Charles Darwin and Noam Chomsky with baffling and terrible results Alternate title The Wrong Stuff I normally njoy Tom Wolfe but this takedown of modern linguistics is simply a rant His new journalism style was completely unsuited to persuading me of the validity of some of his rather specious scientific arguments Despite the fairly copious footnotes there was little Hawks Way (Hawks Way evidence that Wolfe s understanding ofither Family Men evolution or linguistics had any depth Maybe Tom Wolfe should be commended for diving headfirst into a complicatedven Creative Participation esoteric debate raging inside linguistics andxposing it to a far larger audience than Sabina Spielrein ever before But praise for this book should reallynd there As someone with some formal training in linguistics and Cognitive Radio Networks extensivexploration of the field as a hobby I read Wolfe s prose in the voice of a supremely confident almost Personnel Management in Government entirely uninformed brat In dealing Tom Wolfe one day stumbled across a 2014ssay by ight heavyweight Evolutionists the famed linguist Noam Chomsky being notability among them and was startled by their conclusion that after 150 years of them and was startled by their conclusion that after 150 years of research and academic speculation what we know about speech and language remains as mysterious as ver A poverty of The Time It Never Rained evidence they wrote leaves us with noxplanation of how and why our linguistic computations and representations The Child of the Soul and Other Stories evolvedWolfe looked askance at this conclusion noting first how odd it was for a group ofxperts to announce what abject failures they were but then wisely proceeded to uestion the Childrens Phantasies essay s underlying assumption According to Chomsky When getting my Master s degree in English I discovered the fascinating world of linguistics With mymphasis in English as a Second Language I took classes in Psycholinguistics which is the physical and neurological aspects of language acuisition I was specially intrigued by how language functions similarly to the genetic code and I loved Modern Grammar which can be used with any language using the principles of Universal Grammar Universal Grammar postulates Noam Chomsky the founder and king of modern linguistic theory is innate in all human beings over all languages are. The maestro storyteller and reporter provocatively argues that what we think we know about speech and human volution is wrongTom Wolfe whose legend began in journalism takes us on an ye opening journey that is sure to arouse widespread debate The Kingdom of Speech. Ty that is wired into our brainsnervous system I only disagree with the volutionary as in macro Gods and Heroes evolutionary origin of speech I would say that we arendowed by our creator with the ability to use speech and to understand language In Genesis the very first task that Adam was given was to name the animals And in the Gospel of John in the New Testament it states that In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God Language is divine It was specially and the Word was God Language is divine It was specially to me that Everett the former missionary turned away from Christ to follow the God of Anthropology and Evolution Interesting but hardly surprising There is no uicker way to derail and ruin a career in academia than to be a Christian Any theory of anything that is based on Intelligent Design rather than No Beast So Fierce evolution is dismissed out of hand in this very small and narrow world Unfortunately thevolutionary worldview limits scholars to new hypotheses and possibilities as to the origin and development of languageIf you are interested in language or in understanding the philosophical trendsetters in the last 150 years I highly recommend The Kingdom of Speech Wolfe makes the journey in this 185 page book not only ducational but njoyable After Wolfe s death I looked for books he authored that I hadn t read This is oneThe Kingdom of Speech is short 170 pages and leans on research than reporting However like all Tom Wolfe books it is a fun read Last Chance Bride extremely clear and non obvious as he dissects the way in which human language has been treated involutionary theory by among others Darwin Chomsky and Everett Wolfe s discussion of Everett s field work with the Piraha is not to be missedWhile The Kingdom of Speech is not one of Wolfe s big books it offers the welcome familiar pleasure of his analysis and description of a meaningful subject A great Whos Cheatin Who? (Thoroughbred Legacy entertaining read Wolfe gets off some magnificent and irreverent lines aimed at the neo Darwinian hand wavers Moreover he is largely invulnerable If youver wanted to read a book about a scientific field or two in Wolfe s trademark flamboyant prose that was utterly innocent of any understanding of science here s your chance This vapid piece of preening ignorance will stand as a pointless landmark or better yet sink like a witless stone to sturm und drang self regard As an Lawman Lover (Outlaws, erstwhile colleague of mine put it in his revi Not having read any Tom Wolfe before I was riveted by the prose style of this book with itsllipses collouial asides and multiple xclamation marks I am sure it is possible to write a great book with this techniue and perhaps Tom Wolfe has already done it but this one is unfortunately a complete messI say unfortunately done it but this one is unfortunately a complete messI say unfortunately as a matter of fact I agree with his basic position What Wolfe is trying to do is summarise the internecine fighting of the linguistics world that followed Daniel Everett s work on the Pirah language which attacked Noam Chomsky s idea of a universal grammar I ve written lots about all this in my review of Everett s Language The Cultural Tool suffice to say here that UG had become of an ideology than an academic theory an aggressively nforced orthodoxy that had never produced any very interesting results or been proved Mystery at Kittiwake Bay even slightly to reflect physiological or neurological realityWolfe sees this as a David v Goliath story plucky little Dan Everett taking on the mean old dictator Chomsky and in his telling the characters and the arguments are so simplified as to become cartoons Further the first half of the book for some reason is about Charles Darwin and Charles Lyell a diversion that is at best irrelevant and at worst misleading the mainffect on me was of Dangerous Waters (Cold Case Files exhausting my patience with Wolfe s cavalier approach to historical incident Oh Charlie Charlie Charliesaid Lyell When we finally get on to the mainvent Wolfe simply lifts anecdotes wholesale from Everett s Don t Sleep There Are Snakes and retells them It s impossible not to feel that you d rather just be reading Everett first hand More dangerously Wolfe gives the impression that the debate over language origins has now been solved by Everett which is very far from the case Everett s main contribution was to puncture the Chomskyan hegemony his own The Husband (Smytheshire, Massachusetts, explanation that language didn tvolve but rather was invented like a bow and arrow is interesting but a hell of a long way from conclusiveThat matters because we already get too many writers making assumptions about where language came from and when it developed and what it was for whereas the truth is that no one has the slightest idea nothing about that has changed and nor does it seem likely to not that you d know it from Wolfe s strange and breathless polemic. Ontroversial work of modern day anthropologist Daniel Everett who defies the current wisdom that language is hard wired in humans Wolfe xamines the solemn long faced laugh out loud zig zags of Darwinism old and Neo and finds it irrelevant here in the Kingdom of Spee.

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