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The Quark of Language is a remarkable collection of papers on the psychology of language and more general human communication by two seminal figures in the field: the great philologist Sidney J. Baker, and John Diamond, M.D., one of the world’s foremost holistic healers.
Best known as the author of the classic “The Australian Language,” Baker also published many papers on language in leading international psychoanalytic and psychological journals between 1945 and 1955. Diamond contacted him in 1966 and with his encouragement Baker produced two more important papers, although battling severe illness. Appearing here in print for the first time, they include “The Quark of Language,” for which this collection is named, which traces the evolution of language back to a single primal sound. This paper is arguably one of the most important statements ever made about the origins of language.


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