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Music, language, and human evolution

Author: Nicholas Bannan
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book   Visual material : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The accompanying DVD provides some glimpses of the practice of music in a variety of cultures and illustrates ways of listening to the human voice that reveal its intrinsic musicality. The DVD was edited by Pedro Espi-Sanchis, who recorded further material in South Africa.
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Material Type: Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Bannan
ISBN: 9780199227341 0199227349
OCLC Number: 805728536
Description: xii, 345 pages : illustrations, music ; 22 cm + 1 videodisc (DVD : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.)
Contents: Introduction : music, language, and human evolution / Nicholas Bannan --
Music and mosaics : the evolution of human abilities / Robert Foley --
The evolution of the human vocal tract : specialized for speech? / Margaret Clegg --
When the words dry up : music and material metaphors half a million years ago / Clive Gamble --
Hominin physiological evolution and the emergence of musical capacities / Ian Morley --
Vocal traditions of the world : towards an evolutionary account of voice production in music / Tran Quang Hai and Nicholas Bannan --
Found objects in the musical practices of hunter-gatherers : implications for the evolution of instrumental music / Pedro Epsi-Sanchis and Nicholas Bannan --
On the evolutionary function of song and dance / Robin Dunbar --
The vocal learning constellation : imitation, ritual culture, and encephalization / Bjorn Merker --
Music as an emergent exaptation / Ian Cross --
Musicians' performance prosody / Johan Sundberg --
Harmony and its role in human evolution / Nicholas Bannan.
Responsibility: edited by Nicholas Bannan.
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This book examines the potential role of musicality in human evolution and its consequences for human culture. Drawing on a growing research in archaeology, anthropology, psychology, and musicology,  Read more...

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