Talking Ape: How Language Evolved
Robbins Burling traces language back to its earliest origins among our distant ape-like forbears several million years ago. He examines the qualities of mind and brain needed to support the operations of language, investigates the first links between signs, sounds, and meanings, explores the beginnings and prehistories of vocabulary and grammar, and connects work in field such as linguistics, evolutionary biology, and archaeology. And he does all this in a style that iscrystal-clear, constantly enlivened by wit and humour.
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