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Why we talk : the evolutionary origins of language

Author: Jean-Louis Dessalles
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007
Series: Studies in the evolution of language, 5
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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Constant exchange of information is integral to our societies. Jean-Louis Dessalles explores how this came into being. He develops a view of language as an instrument for conversation rather than mental representation and thought. Presenting language evolution as a natural history of conversation, the author sheds light on the emergence of communication in the hominine congregations, as well as on the human nature.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean-Louis Dessalles
ISBN: 9780199276233 0199276234
OCLC Number: 467127994
Description: xi, 384 s. : illustrations
Contents: PART I THE PLACE OF LANGUAGE IN HUMAN EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY; PART II THE FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY OF SPEECH; PART III THE ETHOLOGY OF LANGUAGE
Series Title: Studies in the evolution of language, 5
Responsibility: Jean-Louis Dessalles ; James Grieve, translator

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Explores the co-evolutionary paths of biology, culture, and the great human edifice of language, linking the evolution of the language to the general evolutionary history of humankind. This book  Read more...

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This is a provocative, erudite and enjoyable book, written to stimulate debate * Raphael Salkie, THES *

 
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