The Seeds of Speech
Language Origin and Evolution
By (author) Jean Aitchison
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Seeds of Speech by Jean Aitchison
Book DescriptionHuman language is a weird communication system: it has more in common with birdsong than with the calls of other primates. In this wide-ranging and accessible overview, first published in 2000, Jean Aitchison explores the origins of human language and how it has evolved. She likens the search to a vast pre-historic jigsaw puzzle, in which numerous fragments of evidence must be assembled. Such evidence is pieced together from a mixture of linguistic and non-linguistic sources like evolution theory, archaeology, psychology, and anthropology. She explains why language is so strange, outlines recent theories about its origin, and discusses possible paths of evolution. Finally, Jean Aitchison considers what holds all languages together and prevents them from becoming unlearnably different from one another. The Seeds of Speech is a fascinating book that will appeal to everyone who is interested in the origins and evolution of human language, including linguists, anthropologists, psychologists, archaeologists, and the general reader.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521785716
(216mm x 138mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 4-May-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jean Aitchison
Language Change, Hardback (December 2012)
An introduction to language change. This updated edition remains non-technical and accessible to readers with no previous knowledge of linguistics.
Words in the Mind, Paperback (February 2012)
Featuring numerous updates, revisions, and enhanced coverage, Words in the Mind: An Introduction to the Mental Lexicon, 4th Edition, present the latest state of our knowledge about the ways we learn words, remember them, understand them, and find the ones we want to use.
Word Weavers, Paperback (May 2007)» View all books by Jean Aitchison
A revealing insight into journalism, tracing its historical origins and comparing it with literary writing.
UK Kirkus Review » The Professor of Language and Communication at Oxford University explores how and why human language evolved and developed. (Kirkus UK)
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