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

Author: Steven J Mithen
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005.
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"In The Singing Neanderthals, Steven Mithen puts the popular notion of music as the language of emotion on a scientific basis, offering a new scenario for a shared musical and linguistic heritage. Structured in two parts, this book offers an array of evidence from the present which is exposed to fossil and archaeological records from the past. And fascinating ground is covered - from emotionally manipulative  Read more...
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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 pages : illustrations, 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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