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Thu Dec 06 2012

Books: How Language Began: McNeill

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Date: 30-Nov-2012
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: How Language Began: McNeill
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Title: How Language BeganSubtitle: Gesture and Speech in Human EvolutionSeries Title: Approaches to the Evolution of Language

Publication Year: 2012Publisher: Cambridge University Press http://us.cambridge.org

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item6679012/How%20Language%20Began/?site_locale=en_US

Author: David McNeill

Hardback: ISBN: 9781107021211 Pages: 278 Price: U.S. $ 95.00Paperback: ISBN: 9781107605497 Pages: 275 Price: U.S. $ 36.99

Abstract:

Human language is not the same as human speech. We use gestures and signs tocommunicate alongside, or instead of, speaking. Yet gestures and speech areprocessed in the same areas of the human brain, and the study of how both haveevolved is central to research on the origins of human communication. Writtenby one of the pioneers of the field, this is the first book to explain howspeech and gesture evolved together into a system that all humans possess.Nearly all theorizing about the origins of language either ignores gesture,views it as an add-on or supposes that language began in gesture and was laterreplaced by speech. David McNeill challenges the popular 'gesture-first'theory that language first emerged in a gesture-only form and proposes agroundbreaking theory of the evolution of language which explains how speechand gesture became unified.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction – gesture and the origin of language2. What evolved (in part) – the Growth Point3. How it evolved (in part) – Mead's Loop4. Effects of Mead's Loop5. Ontogenesis in evolution – evolution in ontogenesis6. Alternatives, their limits, and the science base of the Growth Point



Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics Psycholinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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