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Routes to Child Language: Evolutionary and Developmental Precursors
     

Routes to Child Language: Evolutionary and Developmental Precursors

by Joanna Blake
 

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ISBN-10: 0521592992

ISBN-13: 9780521592994

Pub. Date: 07/28/2000

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book provides a detailed comparison of nonhuman primates and human infants with regard to key abilities that provide the foundation for language. It makes the case for phylogenetic continuity across species and ontogenetic continuity from infancy to childhood. Examined here are behaviors fundamental to language acquisition, such as vocalizations, mapping of

Overview

This book provides a detailed comparison of nonhuman primates and human infants with regard to key abilities that provide the foundation for language. It makes the case for phylogenetic continuity across species and ontogenetic continuity from infancy to childhood. Examined here are behaviors fundamental to language acquisition, such as vocalizations, mapping of meaning onto sound, use of gestures to communicate and to symbolize, tool use, object concept, and memory. The author provides evidence linking these abilities with language acquisition. Similarities and differences across species in these precursors are analyzed and how these may have influenced the evolution of language. Hypotheses about the origins of language are described.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521592994
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2000
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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