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The talking ape : how language evolved

Author: Robbins Burling
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Series: Studies in the evolution of language, 5.
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"In this book, Robbins Burling not only presents the most convincing account of the origins of language yet published: he sheds new light on how language affects the way we think, behave, and relate to each other. He gives us a deeper understanding of the nature of language itself." "The author traces language back to its earliest origins among our distant ape-like forbears several million years ago and charts its  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robbins Burling
ISBN: 0199279403 9780199279401 0199214034 9780199214037
OCLC Number: 60791662
Description: ix, 286 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: In the beginning --
Smiles, winks, and words --
Truths and lies --
The mind and language --
Signs and symbols --
Icons gained and icons lost --
From a few sounds to many words --
Syntax : wired and learned --
Step-by-step to grammar --
Power, gossip, and seduction --
What has language done to us?
Series Title: Studies in the evolution of language, 5.
Responsibility: Robbins Burling.
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Traces language back to its earliest origins among our distant ape-like forbears several million years ago. This book examines the qualities of mind and brain needed to support the operations of  Read more...

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