The Origins of Language: What Nonhuman Primates Can Tell Us

The Origins of Language: What Nonhuman Primates Can Tell Us

Paperback Advanced Seminar Series

Edited by Barbara J. King, Contributions by Robbins Burling, Contributions by Iain Davidson, Contributions by Kathleen Gibson, Contributions by Stephen Jessee, Contributions by Dario Maestripieri, Contributions by Lorraine McCune, Contributions by Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Contributions by Charles T. Snowdon, Contributions by Sherman Wilcox

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  • Publisher: School of American Research Press,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 30mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 15 November 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Santa Fe
  • ISBN 10: 0933452608
  • ISBN 13: 9780933452602
  • Sales rank: 1,772,863

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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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