Routes to Child Language: Evolutionary and Developmental Precursors

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This book examines the degree to which apes pave the way to human language, focusing on abilities thought to be critical for language, such as signaling, communicative gestures, tool use, object concept, and memory. What apes lack, for example, spontaneous, inventive symbol use and possible auditory memory, is also underlined. A review of data shows how these critical abilities influence child language acquisition. The discussion of the possible origins of language puts it all into an evolutionary perspective, which should appeal to researchers and scholars alike.
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"Routes to Child Language: Evolutionary and Developmental Precursors is a stunning achievement which surely represents a new paradigm in language acquisition studies. Demonstrating a remarkable breadth and depth of scope, Joanna Blake weaves a unique tapestry from research of nonhuman primate communication, spoken language development, gesture, symbolic play, object concept, tool use, and the study of memory. As we continue to explore the perennial questions of how language began and how children develop language, it will be richly multidisciplinary studies such as Blake's that will contribute the most to our understanding of the complex achievement that is human language." Sherman Wilcox, University of New Mexico
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  • ISBN-13: 9780521592994
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Prelinguistic vocalizations; 2. Sound-meaning correspondences; 3. Communicative gestures; 4. Symbolic gestures and symbolic play; 5. Tool use and object concept; 6. Representation in human infants; 7. Memory in nonhuman primates and young children; 8. Origins of language; 9. Recapitulation; References; Index.

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