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Language in the light of evolution / 1. The origins of meaning.

Author: James R Hurford
Publisher: Oxford [u.a.] : Oxford Univ. Press, 2007.
Series: Studies in the evolution of language, 8.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James R Hurford
ISBN: 9780199207855 0199207852
OCLC Number: 263645256
Description: XIII, 388 S.
Contents: PART I MEANING BEFORD COMMUNICATION ; 1. Let's Agree on Terms ; 2. Animals Approach Human Cognition ; 3. A New Kind of Memory Evolves ; 4. Animals Form proto-propositions ; 5. Towards Human Semantics ; PART II COMMUNICATION: WHAT AND WHY? ; 6. Communication by Dyadic Acts ; 7. Going Triadic: Precursors of Reference ; 8. Why Communicate? Squaring With Evolutionary Theory ; 9. Cooperation, Fair Play and Trust in Primates ; 10. Epilogue ; Bibliography ; Index
Series Title: Studies in the evolution of language, 8.
Responsibility: James R. Hurford.
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this is a model exercise in how substantial theorizing about language evolution can be achieved. It is entertainingly written but not oversimplistic, interdisciplinary but not at the expense of Read more...

 
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