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The evolution of human language : scenarios, principles, and cultural dynamics

Author: Wolfgang Wildgen
Publisher: Amsterdam : Benjamins, 2004.
Series: Advances in consciousness research, 57.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Acknowledgments IX; Chapter 1; Introduction 1; Chapter 2; Basic scenarios and forces in the evolution of human language 5; 2.1 First scenario: Cognitive and physical predispositions for language 5;  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Wolfgang Wildgen
ISBN: 1588115186 9781588115188 9789027251930 9027251932
OCLC Number: 217475181
Description: IX, 236 Seiten : Illustrationen, Diagramme.
Contents: 1. Acknowledgments; 2. 1. Introduction; 3. 2. Basic scenarios and forces in the evolution of human language; 4. 3. Expression and appeal in animal and human communication with special consideration of laughter; 5. 4. The evolution of cognitive control in tool-making and tool-use and the emergence of a theory of mind; 6. 5. The evolution of pre-historic art and the transition to writing systems; 7. 6. Symbolic creativity in language, art, and science and the cultural dynamics of symbolic forms; 8. 7. "Fossils" of evolution in the lexicon of HAND and EYE (mainly in German, English and French); 9. 8. The form of a "protolanguage" and the contours of a theory of language evolution; 10. 9. Symbolic forms, generalized media, and their evolution; 11. 10. Consciousness, linguistic universals, and the methodology of linguistics; 12. Notes; 13. References; 14. Index of proper names; 15. Subject index; 16. Index of principles and hypotheses
Series Title: Advances in consciousness research, 57.
Responsibility: Wolfgang Wildgen.

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