LINGUIST List 32.3676

Mon Nov 22 2021

Books: ON THE ORIGINS OF HUMAN SPEECH AND LANGUAGE: POULOS

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Date: 18-Nov-2021
From: George Poulos <gpoulogotenet.gr>
Subject: ON THE ORIGINS OF HUMAN SPEECH AND LANGUAGE: POULOS
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Title: ON THE ORIGINS OF HUMAN SPEECH AND LANGUAGE
Published: 2021
Publisher: George Poulos
                https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/

Book URL: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B096ZZ3YKR

Author: GEORGE POULOS
Electronic: ISBN: B092B6ZT5L Pages: 281 Price: U.S. $ 10.28
Paperback: ISBN: 9798721264658 Pages: 366 Price: U.S. $ 28.00
Abstract:

How and when early 'Man' started to talk, and how human language evolved from those humble beginnings, are questions that lie at the very core of this book.

The book presents a new and insightful approach to the study of speech and language evolution. The first speech sounds ever produced by early 'Homo sapiens' are postulated, and a description is given of how various sounds initially evolved, and how they gradually formed the building blocks of fully grammatical language.

Many myths relating to when humans first started speaking are discounted with the use of substantive phonetic and linguistic arguments. The book proposes new timelines for the origins of human speech and language and disputes certain claims that human speech evolved millions or even hundreds of thousands of years ago.

The findings go a long way towards broadening our knowledge on the identity and location of the first ‘speaking’ human beings. The early migrations of 'Homo sapiens' are addressed, and the 'Out of Africa' hypothesis is revisited from a linguistic perspective.

A new approach is also proposed on the so-called innateness hypothesis and the evolvement of 'Man’s' inherent capacity to speak a fully grammatical language.

The cross-fertilization of viewpoints from different disciplines is crucial in solving the fascinating puzzle of language evolution. It is a domain of enquiry that is multidisciplinary in nature. There is no single discipline that can solve this puzzle on its own. To this end, relevant inputs from different disciplines are included, such as those of anatomy, archaeology, genetics, and palaeoanthropology.

- Available at KDP/Amazon -

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Phonetics

Written In: English (eng)

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https://linguistlist.org/pubs/books/get-book.cfm?BookID=158193



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