The Seeds of Speech: Language Origin and Evolution

The Seeds of Speech: Language Origin and Evolution

by Jean Aitchison

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The Seeds of Speech: Language Origin and Evolution by Jean Aitchison

Human language is a weird communication system: it has more in common with birdsong than with the calls of other primates. Jean Aitchison explores the origins of human language and how it has evolved. She likens the search to a vast prehistoric jigsaw puzzle, in which numerous fragments of evidence must be assembled. Such evidence is pieced together from a mixture of linguistic and nonlinguistic sources such as evolution theory, archaeology, psychology, and anthropology. This is an accessible and wide-ranging introduction to the origins and evolution of human language.

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ISBN-13: 9780521467933
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/28/1996
Series: Approaches to Linguistics Series
Pages: 293
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.75(d)

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