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Title The cradle of language / edited by Rudolf Botha, Chris Knight
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 386 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), maps
Series Studies in the evolution of language ; 12
[Oxford linguistics]
Oxford linguistics.
Studies in the evolution of language ; 12
Contents Introduction : perspectives on the evolution of language in Africa / Chris Knight -- Earliest personal ornaments and their significance for the origin of language debate / Francesco d'Errico and Marian Vanhaeren -- Reading the artifacts : gleaning language skills from the Middle Stone Age in southern Africa / Christopher Stuart Henshilwood and Benoît Dubreuil -- Red ochre, body painting, and language : interpreting the Blombos ochre / Ian Watts -- Theoretical underpinnings of inferences about language evolution : the syntax used at Blombos Cave / Rudolf Botha -- Fossil cues to the evolution of speech / W. Tecumseh Fitch -- Evidence against a genetic-based revolution in language 50,000 years ago / Karl C. Diller and Rebecca L. Cann -- A "language-free" explanation for differences between the European Middle and Upper Paleolithic record / Wil Roebroeks and Alexander Verpoorte -- Diversity in languages, genes, and the language faculty / James R. Hurford and Dan Dediu -- How varied typologically are the languages of Africa? / Michael Cysouw and Bernard Comrie -- What click languages can and can't tell us about language origins / Bonny Sands and Tom Güldemann -- Social origins : sharing, exchange, kinship / Alan Barnard -- As well as words : Congo Pygmy hunting, mimicry, and play / Jerome Lewis -- Sexual selection models for the emergence of symbolic communication : why they should be reversed / Camilla Power -- Language, ochre, and the rule of law / Chris Knight
Summary This book is the first to focus on the African origins of human language. It explores the origins of language and culture 250,000-150,000 years ago when modern humans evolved in Africa. Internationally renowned scholars address the fossil, genetic, and archaeological evidence and critically examine the ways it has been interpreted. - ;This book is the first to focus on the African origins of human language. It explores the origins of language and culture 250,000-150,000 years ago when modern humans evolved in Africa. Scholars from around the world address the fossil, genetic, and archaeologica
Notes Series "Oxford linguistics" from dust jkb
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 304-364) and index
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Subject Anthropological linguistics -- Africa.
Historical linguistics -- Africa.
Language and languages -- Origin.
Sociolinguistics -- Africa.
Africa -- Languages.
Form Electronic book
Author Botha, Rudolf P.
Knight, Chris, 1942-
ISBN 0191567671 (electronic bk.)
9780191567674 (electronic bk.)