Language, Bananas, and Bonobos presents a series of engaging reflections on concerns such as our knowledge and use of language, political correctness, and the linguistic abilities of chimpanzees. In doing so, this volume provides new insights into linguistics that are of universal interest.
Neil Smith is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Phonetics and Linguistics at University College London, and has been Head of the Linguistics Section of the Department since 1972. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including
The Twitter Machine (Blackwell 1989) and
The Mind of a Savant (with Ianthi Tsimpli, Blackwell, 1995). He is one of the editors of
Lingua, and is on the board of the
Cambridge Studies in Linguistics.