Popular science of the highest order. All the necessary ingredients are there: a well-read author, an educational mindset and good, fluent prose.
A formidable educational journey . . . This is the book the linguists have needed for so long.
Johansson writes with enthusiasm and a desire to impart his knowledge . . . The delight is contagious.
A fascinating overview of human language
An elegant intellectual thriller . . . A model of popular-science writing in its imperturbable, reasonable weighing of competing ideas . . . [A] fascinating story in its own right
Women are central to the story of how humans began to use language, at least according to the fascinating hypothesis advanced by Swedish scientist Sverker Johansson in his magisterial The Dawn of Language . . . but there are many other twists and turns in this detective story of the deep past.