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The origins of language : a slim guide

Author: James R Hurford
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2014. ©2014
Series: Oxford linguistics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Origins of Language: A Slim Guide offers a concise and accessible overview of what is known about the evolution of the human capacity for language. Non-human animals communicate in simple ways: they may be able to form simple concepts, to feel some limited empathy for others, to cooperate to some extent, and to engage in mind-reading. Human language, however, is characterized by its ability to efficiently express a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Geschiedenis (vorm)
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hurford, James R.
Origins of language.
Oxford, [England] : Oxford University Press, 2014
(OCoLC)878148532
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James R Hurford
ISBN: 9780198701880 0198701888 9780198701668 0198701667
OCLC Number: 861207250
Description: 173 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: The prehistory of a very special ape --
Nature, nurture, and language --
How trusted talk started --
Concepts before language --
Building powerful grammar engines --
Pronunciation gets complex.
Series Title: Oxford linguistics.
Responsibility: James R. Hurford.
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