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Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite
In an excellently written and highly researched group of essays that is very convincing in its aim, Literacy and Orality: Studies in the Technology of Communication by Ruth Finnegan, readers will certainly gain a worthwhile education in the evolution of the very fabric of human communication. Author Finnegan is clearly an expert in this field, and the essays that she has written over time do a wonderful job of providing her readers, even those who might be novices in the fields of linguistics or language, with a background in the evolution of human speech and literacy, even including updated information on how our means of communication have changed with the advent of information technology.
I very much enjoyed Literacy and Orality: Studies in the Technology of Communication. Author Ruth Finnegan has a professor's gift of presenting information that might seem too technical or foreign in such a way that it is easy to follow and understand, and is even quite fascinating. Readers will learn a great day about the way we have learned to communicate with each other, and how our modes and means of communication continue to evolve and change. Written in a format that contains many essays, readers will find that they are able to digest each little piece individually before moving on to the next, which is extremely helpful. Any reader who loves to learn while reading should absolutely read this book. I highly recommend Literacy and Orality: Studies in the Technology of Communication, and I hope that I am able to read and learn more from author Ruth Finnegan in the future!