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The singing Neanderthals : the origins of music, language, mind and body

Author: Steven J Mithen
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An examination of our language instinct.

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven J Mithen
ISBN: 0297643177 9780297643173
OCLC Number: 58052344
Description: ix, 374 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: The need for an evolutionary history of music --
The present. More than cheesecake? : the similarities and differences between music and language ; Music without language : the brain, aphasia, and musical savants ; Language without music : acquired and congenital amusia ; The modularity of music and language : music processing within the brain ; Talking and singing to baby : brain maturation, language learning, and perfect pitch ; Music hath charms and can heal : music, emotion, medicine, and intelligence --
The past. Grunts, barks and gestures : communication by monkeys and apes ; Songs on the savannah : the origin of 'hmmmm' communication ; Getting into rhythm : the evolution of bipedalism and dance ; Imitating nature : communication about the natural world ; Singing for sex : is music a product of sexual selection? ; The demands of parenthood : human life history and emotional development ; Making music together : the significance of cooperation and social bonding ; Neanderthals in love : 'hmmmmm' communication by homo neanderthalensis ; The origin of language : the origin of homo sapiens and the segmentation of 'hmmmmm' ; A mystery explained, but not diminished : modern human dispersal, communicating with the Gods, and the remnants of 'hmmmmm'.
Responsibility: Steven Mithen.
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