Big History Meets Minimal English

  • David Christian


“Big History” refers to the teaching of human history at very large scales, including evolutionary history and cosmology. If Minimal English attempts to find a common language for humanity, Big History attempts to find a common historical story, a modern origin story shared by all humans. To what extent, then, can a modern science-based origin story be expressed in Minimal English? In dialogue with Wierzbicka’s Chap.  8, this chapter asks what aspects of a modern origin story will prove most challenging to the Minimal English project.


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  • David Christian
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  1. 1.Macquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

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