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The Seeds of Speech: Language Origin and Evolution

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Human language is a weird communication system: it has more in common with birdsong than with the calls of other primates. Jean Aitchison explores the origins of human language and how it has evolved. She likens the search to a vast prehistoric jigsaw puzzle, in which numerous fragments of evidence must be assembled. Such evidence is pieced together from a mixture of linguistic and nonlinguistic sources such as evolution theory, archaeology, psychology, and anthropology. This is an accessible and wide-ranging introduction to the origins and evolution of human language.

Synopsis:

An introduction to the origins and evolution of human language.

Synopsis:

Clear and non-technical overview of the history of language development by popular author.

Synopsis:

Accessible and wide-ranging introduction to the origins and evolution of human language.

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Puzzles: 1. A natural curiosity: how did language begin?; 2. A peculiar habit: what is language for?; 3. The bother at Babel: why do languages differ so much?; 4. Distinct duties: is language an independent skill?; Part II. Origin: 5. The family tree: the evolutionary background; 6. A devious mind: the basic requirements; 7. Broken air: inherited ingredients; 8. Small beginnings: first steps; Part III. Evolution: 9. The secong word: the emergence of rules; 10. The tower of speech: expansion; 11. Time travelling: extra attachments; 12. Rebuilding on the high seas: keeping going; Part IV. Diffusion: 13. The widening circle: moving outwards; 14. The hidden core: the hunt for universals; 15. The real magician: ruling the rules; 16. Unweaving the rainbow: separating the strands; 17. The endless stair: past and future; Symbols used in the text; Notes and suggestions for further reading; References; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521785716
Author:
Aitchison, Jean
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Jean, Aitchison
Location:
Cambridge, U.K
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Language and languages
Subject:
Language acquisition
Subject:
Historical linguistics
Subject:
Linguistic change
Subject:
Language and languages -- Origin.
Subject:
Langage et langues
Subject:
Langage
Subject:
Changement linguistique
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Canto ed.
Edition Description:
Canto
Series:
Canto
Series Volume:
8896-AN/893/4
Publication Date:
20000531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
294
Dimensions:
8.42x5.40x.60 in. .77 lbs.

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