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Reviewed by Anne Boling 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.