In this, the first of two ground-breaking volumes on the nature of language
in the light of the way it evolved, James Hurford looks at the origins of
meaning and of its expression in language and reviews a mass of evidence to
uncover the evolutionary path between the non-speaking minds of apes and
our own speaking minds. This is a landmark contribution to the
understanding of linguistic and thinking processes, and the fullest account
yet published of the evolution of language and communication.