Readership: General readers with no background in linguistics, including students on introductory courses in language and linguistics.
Stephen Anderson, Dorothy R. Diebold Professor of Linguistics, Yale University
Stephen Anderson has been the Dorothy R. Diebold Professor of Linguistics at Yale University for the last 15 years. He has written or co-authored six books in Linguistics, including Doctor Dolittle's Delusion (Yale University Press, 2004) a book on animal communication and its relation to human language intended for the educated general reader that was chosen as the Best Book in Psychology for 2004 by the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers. He is a Fellow of the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Linguistic Society of America, and the Association for Psychological Science. He was also President of the Linguistic Society of America in 2007.
1: Introduction: dimensions of linguistic diversity
2: How many languages are there in the world?
3: Phylogenetic linguistics: establishing linguistic relationships
4: The future of languages
5: Some problems in the counting of languages
6: The genotypes of languages
7: The diversity of signed languages
8: Conclusion: the unity of human language