The building blocks of words are our letters, or sounds. How these digital phonemes came into existence representing our words, complete with innate meaning is the topic of dissertation. Tilogos answers the question of how a sound could come to have meaning, be used in proper grammatical form and evolve into articulate speech.
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Sherman P. Bastarache
In order for language to evolve, sounds must be available for use along with some type of meaning attached to those sounds. These are known as calls and cries. The problem has always been, how do you go from calls and cries into fully articulate speech?
Tilogos answers this question and follows the entire process from simple noises into fully articulate digital speech along with the brain capacity and cognitive functions required.
Rather than building an analogy, I’m creating a template to follow in the next chapters. I will explain why I went into electricity before moving on. AC current is no good to a computer system. It needs to be converted to DC in order to be of value and get on/off states. These on/off states are digital. They have to be designed by man, and programs have to be written. I will quickly show here that nature was able to do so without the necessity of design. Nervation is digital and self-powered
from the beginning. Design is not needed because the nerves that fire correctly—natural selection process—combine to make the species in question work. Natural selection has produced electrically self-generating and self-programmed species.
Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite
Sherman P. Bastarache has an inordinate interest in language. His interest began when he was in the eighth grade. His teacher was discussing evolution and a student commented that words cannot evolve. Suddenly, it occurred to Bastarache that if you add a 't' to 'here' you have 'there', which to some degree is language evolution. In his book "Tilogos: A Treatise on the Origins and Evolution of Language", Bastarache asks the question “is language innate?” Bastarache takes readers on a journey back to the sloppy, steamy beginnings when single-celled organisms inhabited the earth, or at least that is what evolutionists would say. Bastarache began his research as a Christian attempting to disprove language evolution. He nicknamed evolution evilution. As he continued his research he stumbled on to a method where clicks and squeals could have evolved into language. I suppose my mind is simple; I have always accepted creationism. Whatever be the manner he used, God created all. To me this means he also created language. I think Evolution and Creationism can and should go hand in hand.
Sherman P. Bastarache is obviously very intelligent. His book is well-researched, thought-out and organized. He begins with the way animals communicate and moves his way through the written word. He discusses hieroglyphics, Roman letters, and Chinese symbols. Then he discusses how the brain processes language. "Tilogos" is a uniquely written book. I have never seen a book covering this topic. I found the topic interesting and comprehensive. Mr. Bastarache, you stimulated my brain and made me think of a totally different concept. Kudos.
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Tilogos: Treatise on the Origins and Evolution of Language
By: Sherman P. Bastarache
Publication Date: April 2012
Reviewed by: Amy Lignor
Review Date: October 16, 2012
Evolution is a concept that is debated in all different ‘worlds’ - from the scientific community to the religious community. This book, however, takes an in-depth look at the evolution of language, and how the most simplistic noises (grunts, calls, cries, etc.) are actually the basis of how we communicate our most complex words and concepts.
In the very early stages of this author’s life, a brief moment in school set his mind on a path to answer the question of whether or not language can (and did) evolve. Struggling through his early days, he did his best to finish high school in a jobless, moneyless world and, thankfully for readers, exploring the subject of the evolution of language never left his mind.
Many interesting facts and discoveries are involved in this book as the author lays out the actual evolution of the power of speech. Beginning at the ‘beginning,’ Adam and Eve’s communication is spoken about (i.e., was language created for them or, devil’s advocate, was it simply a learning process such as humans still go through today?). Is language an innate gift, or is this something we actually do have to learn? Are we ‘hardwired’ for basic concepts and tasks, or is a simple grunt the basis for communication?
Everything from the Baldwin Effect to phonetics to the subject of animals and how they communicate with us using various types of barks or growls in order to get their point across, is covered. Chapters looking into the root of a word, as well as how words and language differ from country to country are given. And from offering information on the biological aspects of communication to computer technology, no stone is left unturned.
Readers will truly see that this author offers a very investigative look at the evolution of language that explores, identifies and answers the question of how a variety of sounds can be strung together in order to produce complex words and actions. A unique text, this look into language stimulates the brain and will have many in the linguistics community listening and understanding what this author has to say.
Quill Says: An extremely thought-provoking exposition that will open even more lines of communication.
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