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Language in prehistory.

Author: Alan Barnard
Publisher: Cambridge Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Series: Approaches to the evolution of language.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For ninety per cent of our history, humans have lived as 'hunters and gatherers', and for most of this time, as talking individuals. No direct evidence for the origin and evolution of language exists; we do not even know if early humans had language, either spoken or signed. Taking an anthropological perspective, Alan Barnard acknowledges this difficulty and argues that we can nevertheless infer a great deal about  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Barnard
ISBN: 1139644564 9781139644563
OCLC Number: 1058879221
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 184 pages) : PDF file(s).
Contents: Population diversity and language diversity --
What did prehistoric people do? --
How did prehistoric people think? --
Narratives of the every-day --
Mythological narratives --
Sexual selection and language evolution --
Conclusions and thoughts for the future.
Series Title: Approaches to the evolution of language.

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While no direct evidence for the origin and evolution of language exists, Barnard looks to the present to explain the past, focussing on how modern hunter-gatherers, as non-literate people, use and  Read more...

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'A refreshingly open-minded book on one of the most exciting debates of our time.' Chris Knight, University College London 'At slightly more than one hundred pages, Language in Prehistory has surely Read more...

 
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