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The Talking Ape By Robbins Burling (Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Michigan)

The Talking Ape
by Robbins Burling (Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Michigan)

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In crystal-clear style Robbins Burling presents the most convincing account of the origins of language ever published. He traces language back to its earliest origins, charts the course of its development, and gives a unified picture of the sweep of language evolution.
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The Talking Ape: How Language Evolved by Robbins Burling (Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Michigan)

In this fascinating, mind-opening book, Robbins Burling presents the most convincing account of the origins of language ever published. He sheds new light on how language affects the way we think, behave, and relate to each other; and he gives us a deeper understanding of the nature of language itself. The author traces language back to its earliest origins among our distant ape-like forbears several million years ago and charts its growth to the time of our recent human ancestors. He offers a new account of the route by which we acquired our defining characteristic and explores the nature of language as it developed throughout the course of our evolution. He explains what the earliest forms of communication are likely to have been, how they worked, and why they were deployed. He examines the qualities of mind and brain needed to support the operations of language and the selective advantages they offered those able to use them. Robbins Burling investigates the first links between signs, sounds, and meanings and explores the beginnings and prehistories of vocabulary and grammar. He connects work in fields extending from linguistics, sign languages, and psychology to human paleontology, evolutionary biology, and archeology. And he does all this in a crystal-clear style, constantly enlivened by flashes of wit and humor.

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Burling's book also gives full attention to an idea that has emerged in recent years The Times Higher

About Robbins Burling (Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Michigan)



Robbins Burling is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Michigan.

Table of Contents


1. In The Beginning; 2. Smiles, Winks, and Words; 3. Truths and Lies; 4. The Mind and Language; 5. Signs and Symbols; 6. Icons Gained and Icons Lost; 7. From A Few Sounds To Many Words; 8. Syntax: Wired and Learned; 9. Step By Step To Grammar; 10. Power, Gossip, and Seduction; 11. What Has Language Done To Us?

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GOR004674727
The Talking Ape: How Language Evolved by Robbins Burling (Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Michigan)
Robbins Burling (Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Michigan)
Studies in the Evolution of Language
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Oxford University Press
2005-08-25
296
0199279403
9780199279401
N/A
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