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By K. David Harrison

Half travelogue and half scientist's computing device, The final Speakers is the poignant chronicle of writer ok. David Harrison's expeditions world wide to satisfy with final audio system of vanishing languages. The speakers' eloquent reflections and candid pictures display little-known lifeways in addition to revitalization efforts to coach disappearing languages to more youthful generations. Thought-provoking and interesting, this designated ebook illuminates the worldwide language-extinction obstacle via pictures, pics, interviews, conventional knowledge by no means sooner than translated into English, and first-person essays that thrillingly show the journey of technological know-how and exploration.

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Both stress the point that the ways people eat on the one hand, and the ways they sicken and die on the other, are crucially conditioned by the kinds of social relations in which they are involved and the sorts of cultural values that they hold. To anthropologists, this point may seem obvious, but it is not one that is always understood by medical and nutritional scientists from other academic backgrounds, who are inclined to evaluate what people eat in purely energetic and chemical terms, and to regard susceptibility to disease simply as a result of bodily malfunctioning or the lack of innate resistance.

Palaeontologists who work with fossils naturally think of evolution in terms of gradual changes of form, or of skeletal architecture. Archaeologists who work with artefacts are alert to what they reveal about changes in behaviour. Molecular biologists, for their part, assume that evolutionary change ultimately comes down to changes in the relative frequencies of genes. However, granting the facts of morphological, behavioural and genetic change, can we assume that they always take place in step, as though change in any one respect necessarily entailed corresponding change in the other two?

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