The Origins of Language: What Nonhuman Primates Can Tell Us (School of American Research Advanced Seminar Series)

The Origins of Language: What Nonhuman Primates Can Tell Us (School of American Research Advanced Seminar Series)

By: Barbara J. King (editor)Paperback

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Is human language unique in the natural world, or does it have meaningful precursors in animal communication? In this book, primatologists and palaeoanthropologists examine the non-human primate data and use their research to present new theories of language origin and evolution.

Contents

Viewed from up close - monkeys, apes and theories of language origins, Barbara J. King; motivation, conventionalization and arbitrariness in the origin of language, Robbins Burling; the game of the name - continuity and discontinuity in language origins, Iain Davidson; language evolution and expansions of multiple neurological processsing areas, Kathleen Gibson; primate social organization, vocabulary size and communication dynamics - a comparative study of Macaques, Dario Maestripieri; children's transition to language - a human model for development of the vocal repertoire in the other primate species?; ape language -between a rock and a hard place, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh; an empiricist view of language evolution and development, Charles T. Snowden; the invention and ritualization of language, Sherman Wilcox.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780852559048
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 450
  • ID: 9780852559048
  • weight: 620
  • ISBN10: 0852559046

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