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.
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.