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The Cradle of language

Author: Rudolf P Botha; Chris Knight
Publisher: Oxford [etc.] : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Series: Oxford linguistics.; Studies in the evolution of language, 12.
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This book is the first to focus on the African origins of human language. It explores the origins of language and culture 250,000-150,000 years ago when modern humans evolved in Africa.  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rudolf P Botha; Chris Knight
ISBN: 9780199545865 0199545863
OCLC Number: 804498749
Description: XVIII, 386 p., [12] p. de làmines : il. (algunes col.) ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction: Perspectives on the Evolution of Language in Africa ; 2. Earliest Personal Ornaments and Their Significance for the Origin of Language Debate ; 3. Reading the Artefacts: Gleaning Language Skils From the Middle Stone Age in Southern Africa ; 4. Red Ochre, Body Painting, and Language: Interpreting the Blombos Ochre ; 5. Theoretical Underpinnings of Inferences About Languae Evolution: The Syntax Used at Blombos Cave ; 6. Fossil Cues to the Evolution of Speech ; 7. Evidence Against a Genetic-Based Revolution in Language 50,000 Years Ago ; 8. A 'Language-Free' Explanation for Differences Between the European Middle and Upper Palaeolithic Record ; 9. The Importance of Archaeological Evidence for Investigating the Evolutionary Emergence of Language ; 10. Diversity if Languages, Genes, and the Language Faculty ; 11. How Varied Typologically are the Languages of Africa? ; 12. What Click Languages Can and Can't Tell us About Language Origins ; 13. Social Origins: Sharing, Exchange, Kinship ; 14. As Well as Words: Congo Pygmy Hunting, Mimicry, and Play ; 15. Sexual Selection Models for the Emergence of Symbolic Communication: Why They Should be Reversed ; 16. Language, Ochre, and the Rule of Law ; References ; Index
Series Title: Oxford linguistics.; Studies in the evolution of language, 12.
Responsibility: edited by Rudolf Botha, Chris Knight.

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