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Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man by Mark Changizi

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CHAPTER 2

Speech Events

GRASSHOPPER

In M. Night Shyamalan’s movie The Village, a young woman, Ivy, sets off on a journey into an unknown forest. She has persuaded the elders of her tribe to let her find other people on the far side of the forest, get medicine, and return to save the life of her sick lover. She has no knowledge of anything beyond the several acres of her village, except that beyond their meadow and inside the forest are chilling, otherworldly beasts that occasionally invade the village and carve up one of the pets.

As if this quest were not harrowing enough, there’s an important fact I left out: she is blind. Now, the village ...

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