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The first word : the search for the origins of language

Author: Christine Kenneally
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A history of the quest for the origins of human language traces the evolution of speech and examines the methods used by scientists to explore the subject.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christine Kenneally
ISBN: 9780143113744 0143113747
OCLC Number: 183266859
Notes: Originally published: New York : Viking, 2007.
Description: viii, 357 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Prelude --
Introduction --
[pt]. 1. Language is not a thing --
Prologue --
1. Noam Chomsky --
2. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh --
3. Steven Pinker and Paul Bloom --
4. Philip Lieberman --
[pt]. 2. If you have human language --
5. You have something to talk about --
6. You have words --
7. You have gestures --
8. You have speech --
9. You have structure --
10. You have a human brain --
11. Your genes have human mutations --
[pt]. 3. What evolves? --
12. Species evolve --
13. Culture evolves --
14. Why things evolve --
[pt]. 4. Where next? --
15. The future of the debate --
16. The future of language and evolution --
Epilogue : The babies of Galápagos.
Responsibility: Christine Kenneally.
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A history of the quest for the origins of human language traces the evolution of speech and examines the methods used by scientists to explore the subject.

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