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Sat Dec 01 2012

Books: Music, Language, and Human Evolution: Bannan (Ed)

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Subject: Music, Language, and Human Evolution: Bannan (Ed)
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Title: Music, Language, and Human EvolutionPublication Year: 2012Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Editor: Nicholas Bannan

Hardback: ISBN: 9780199227341 Pages: 400 Price: U.S. $ 150


Why do human beings make music? No human society has ever existed withoutmusic, and people all around the world commit considerable resources,including time, effort, and ingenuity, to musical participation andconsumption. Yet until recently archaeology has had little to say about thepossible role of music in human evolution. This book examines the potentialrole of musicality in human evolution and its consequences for human culture.Drawing on a growing body of research in archaeology, anthropology,psychology, and musicology, it illustrates the inter-disciplinary necessity ofaccounting for the phenomenon of human music-making.

Through twelve articles, the contributors to his volume build on CharlesDarwin's speculation that human language may have had its origins in forms ofvocal communication closer to the condition of music. Music and language areboth acquired by individuals, and thus transmitted over the generations as aconsequence of an evolved biology specially adapted for these purposes. Theauthors of this book seek to illuminate the debate surrounding the precedenceof musicality over language in research influenced by Darwin's proposal,critically examining the controversial philosophical, developmental, andinter-cultural issues implied.

The accompanying CD provides some glimpses of the practice of music in avariety of cultures and illustrates ways of listening to the human voice thatreveal its intrinsic musicality.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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