In this book, Dr. Owi Nandi explores the idea that the formation and evolution of words in multiple languages originates from universal emotions and physical feelings.
The author, whose area of specialization is plant biology and plant systematics, seeks to explain the correlations between sounds reoccurring in human languages and emotional-cognitive responses. He posits that people experiencing certain emotions or physical feelings (pain, for example) display similar facial expressions, and those facial expressions lead to the emission of certain sounds...
~Prof. Dr. J. Kirichenko, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow:
A truly monumental work!
"Interested to learn about your work. It's a very lively field, and I'm sure there will be much interest in it. Whether these suggestions are testable, I have no idea. Some are surely quite old - e.g., "m" for mother, which many have speculated might have to do with sucking."
I have advanced quite far into science, being also a regular reader of scientific Journals, as nature.com and others. I am reading primary in depth scientific articles in the following disciplines: Linguistics, Neurobiology, Gentechnology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Botany, Zoology, Anthropology, Archaeology, Pharmaceutics, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Physiology. I wrote in depth scientific articles with moderate to high impact in Linguistics, Systematic Botany taking Systematic Molecular Biology as a guide, Phytochemistry, Evolutionary Phytochemistry, Chemical Ecology.
I did extended studies at the University of Zürich in Systematic Botany, Zoology, Linguistics and Biomathematics, also attending lectures in Human Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, and Physics.
Human speech is one of the most fascinating realms of study on earth, and the diversity of languages is overwhelming. In Human Language Evolution, author Dr. Owi Nandi explores the results of his long-term study delving into the origin of spoken language and his search for common patterns among all language families.
In an effort to compare and connect recent developments in linguistics and in the study of human evolution via genomic sequencing, Nandi's study shows how various languages use similar sounds for words with similar meanings. It also demonstrates that these similarities may have evolved from human facial expressions caused by emotions like fear, alertness, joy, pleasure, or pain. Covering thirty-four world languages, Nandi discusses the psychological background of an array of words-such as counting, evil, hurting, scratching, coughing, thinking, father-and compares those among other languages.
Seasoned with notes on psychological backgrounds, Human Language Evolution provides rich insight into the whys of universally conserved linguistic patterns in light of the 170,000-year history of modern mankind, transcending the reaches of traditional etymology.