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The origin of speech

Author: Peter F MacNeilage
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2008.
Series: Studies in the evolution of language, 10.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This account of the origin and evolution of speech integrates up-to-date research in speech, acquisition, and neurobiology, and includes the key observation that infants learning language reveal similar constraints to those acting on our distant ancestors.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter F MacNeilage
ISBN: 9780199236503 019923650X
OCLC Number: 181910141
Description: xi, 389 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Background : the intellectual context --
Getting to the explanation of speech --
The nature of modern hominid speech --
Speech in deep time : how speech got started --
Ontogeny and phylogeny 1 : the frame stage --
Ontogeny and phylogeny 2 : the frame/content stage --
The origin of words : how frame-stage patterns acquired meanings --
Evolution of brain organization for speech : background --
A dual brain system for the frame/content mode --
Evolution of cerebral hemispheric specialization for speech --
Generative phonology and the origin of speech --
Generative phonology and the acquisition of speech --
An amodal phonology? : implications of the existence of sign language --
Ultimate causes of speech : genes and memes --
Conclusions.
Series Title: Studies in the evolution of language, 10.
Responsibility: Peter F. MacNeilage.
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