The Making of Language

The Making of Language

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This is an engaging and comprehensive introduction to the evolution of language from gestural communication to the development of complex syntax. Approaching the subject from a linguistic point of view, Mike Beaken synthesises the latest advances in scientific knowledge based on archaeological and fossil evidence, primate study and new techniques in historical language analysis. Countering Pinker's The Language Instinct, he refutes claims for an innate biological capacity for language and demonstrates that the origin and form of language can be explained in terms of human activity.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 23mm | 325g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 074860717X
  • 9780748607174

Table of contents

To the reader; the story to date; language and labour; apes, humans and common ancestors; gesture and origins of meaning; hominids and humans; origins of speech; human languages appear?; the social formation of grammar; language evolution.show more