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On the Origin of Language

On the Origin of Language
Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Johann Gottfried Herder
ISBN 13: 9780226730127
ISBN 10: 226730123
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 1986-03-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 186
List Price: $17.00

This volume combines Rousseau's essay on the origin of diverse languages with Herder's essay on the genesis of the faculty of speech. Rousseau's essay is important to semiotics and critical theory, as it plays a central role in Jacques Derrida's book Of Grammatology, and both essays are valuable historical and philosophical documents.