The Origins of Language: What Nonhuman Primates Can Tell Us

The Origins of Language: What Nonhuman Primates Can Tell Us

by Barbara J. King, Robbins Burling, Iain Davidson, Kathleen Gibson
     
 

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Is human language unique in the animal world, or does it have meaningful precursors in animal communication? In The Origins of Language, ten primatologists and paleoanthropologists conduct a comprehensive examination of the nonhuman primate data, discussing different views of what language is and suggesting how the primatological perspective can be used to

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Is human language unique in the animal world, or does it have meaningful precursors in animal communication? In The Origins of Language, ten primatologists and paleoanthropologists conduct a comprehensive examination of the nonhuman primate data, discussing different views of what language is and suggesting how the primatological perspective can be used to fashion more rigorous theories of language origins and evolution. Together, the essays make a powerful case against the position that language is an innate biological system unique to humans and demonstrate that many aspects of language likely have a long evolutionary history-one that extends back beyond hominids to encompass our closest living relatives in the animal world.

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Ten anthropologists trade thoughts and findings on primatology and language origins in the papers they prepared for an October 1996 seminar. Their topics include social organization, gestural repertoire size, and communication dynamics; ape language; continuity and discontinuity in language origins; and the invention and ritualization of language. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780933452596
Publisher:
School for Advanced Research Press
Publication date:
11/17/1999
Series:
School for Advanced Research Advanced Seminar Series
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.38(d)

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