Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language

Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language

by Robin Dunbar, R. I. Dunbar
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674363345

ISBN-13: 9780674363342

Pub. Date: 03/10/1997

Publisher: Harvard University Press

What Dunbar suggests -- and what his research confirms -- is that humans developed language to serve the purpose that grooming served, but far more efficiently. From the nit-picking of chimpanzees to our chats at coffee breaks, from neuroscience to paleoanthropology, this book offers a provocative view of what makes humans human.

Overview

What Dunbar suggests -- and what his research confirms -- is that humans developed language to serve the purpose that grooming served, but far more efficiently. From the nit-picking of chimpanzees to our chats at coffee breaks, from neuroscience to paleoanthropology, this book offers a provocative view of what makes humans human.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674363342
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/10/1997
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents

1. Talking Heads

2. Into The Social Whirl

3. The Importance Of Being Earnest

4. Of Brains and Groups and Evolution

5. The Ghost in the Machine

6. Up Through the Mists of Time

7. First Words

8. Babel's Legacy

9. The Little Rituals of Life

10. The Scars of Evolution

Bibliography

Index

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