Description - From Hand to Mouth by Michael C. Corballis
The notion that language evolved not from animal cries but from manual and facial gestures has been around since Condillac. Marshalling far-flung evidence from anthropology, animal behaviour, neurology, molecular biology, anatomy, linguistics and evolutionary psychology, Michael Corbalis makes the case that language developed, with the emergence of Homo sapiens, from the primate gestures to a true signed language, complete with grammar and syntax and at best punctuated with grunts and other vocalizations. While vocal utterance played an increaingly important complementary role, autonomous speech did not appear until about 50,000 years ago - much later than generally believed. Corbalis explains in detail what we now know about such varied subjects as early hominid evolution, modern signed languages and the causes of left-handedness.
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Princeton University Press
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Author Biography - Michael C. Corballis
Michael C. Corballis is Professor of Psychology and a member of the Research Center for Cognitive Science at the University of Auckland. He is the author of three books, including "The Lopsided Ape", and coeditor of "The Descent of Mind". His work has appeared in "Science","Nature", Scientific American", and "American Scientist".