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The human imagination never ceases to be captivated by the quest for its own roots. Who were our ancestors? In the evolutionary clash of brains and brawn, what was it that prevailed and made us, Homo sapiens, uniquely human? Today scientists cite language as the distinctively human feature. But what is language a sign, a grunt? a sound with collective symbolic meaning? This remarkable book seeks to set the record straight with a critical refinement of the language theory, providing us for the first time with a scientific explanation of how Eve came to speak at all.Wrestling with the age-old question of why such a large gulf exists between humans and other animals, Philip Lieberman mines both the fossil record and modern neuroscientific techniques to chart the development of the anatomy and brain mechanisms necessary for human language as we know it. Eschewing any notion of a language gene or instinct, he pursues instead an evolutionary path in which environment acts on a biological capacity to reveal the interconnectedness of systems that make us most human: precise motor skills, speech, language, and complex thought. Eve Spoke challenges the dominant scientific theories of language's origins and forges a new understanding of the role of language in our evolution.

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"This book is about language and its evolution, yet it also is an adventure in learning about the human brain and how it works. The mystery of how speech organs make sounds is exposed, as is the incredible cognitive processing that is needed to produce or decode language as we know it. . . . A fascinating discourse." --Chris Boehm, University of Southern California

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Eve Spoke presents a compelling case for the pivotal role that speech has played in human language and human evolution. Wrestling with the age-old question of why such a large gulf exists between humans and other animals, Philip Lieberman mines both the fossil record and modern neuro-scientific techniques to chart the development of the anatomy and brain mechanisms necessary for human language as we know it. Eschewing any notion of a language gene or instinct, he pursues instead an evolutionary path in which environment acts on a biological capacity to reveal the interconnectedness of systems that make us most human: precise motor skills, speech, language, and complex thought. Lieberman interweaves decades of research in anthropology, neuroscience, psychology and linguistics into his exposition on the evolution of human speech.

About the Author

Philip Lieberman is University Professor of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences at Brown University. He has written many books on the brain, evolution, and speech, and his photos are exhibited around the world.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393344790
Author:
Lieberman, Philip
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Series Volume:
Human Language and H
Publication Date:
19980231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Dimensions:
2.54 x 2.54 mm

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Linguistics » General
History and Social Science » Linguistics » Historical and Comparative
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Evolution

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"Synopsis" by , "This book is about language and its evolution, yet it also is an adventure in learning about the human brain and how it works. The mystery of how speech organs make sounds is exposed, as is the incredible cognitive processing that is needed to produce or decode language as we know it. . . . A fascinating discourse." --Chris Boehm, University of Southern California
"Synopsis" by , Eve Spoke presents a compelling case for the pivotal role that speech has played in human language and human evolution. Wrestling with the age-old question of why such a large gulf exists between humans and other animals, Philip Lieberman mines both the fossil record and modern neuro-scientific techniques to chart the development of the anatomy and brain mechanisms necessary for human language as we know it. Eschewing any notion of a language gene or instinct, he pursues instead an evolutionary path in which environment acts on a biological capacity to reveal the interconnectedness of systems that make us most human: precise motor skills, speech, language, and complex thought. Lieberman interweaves decades of research in anthropology, neuroscience, psychology and linguistics into his exposition on the evolution of human speech.
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