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Speaking Our Minds: Why human communication is different, and how language evolved to make it special

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Language is an essential part of what makes us human. Where did it come from? How did it develop into the complex system we know today? And what can an evolutionary perspective tell us about the nature of language and communication?

Drawing on a range of disciplines including cognitive science, linguistics, anthropology and evolutionary biology, Speaking Our Minds explains
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Paperback, 212 pages
Published November 17th 2014 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published November 3rd 2014)
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Jan 04, 2016 NCW rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
This book was great if you're interested in human communication, Relevance Theory, the ostensive-inferential model. Okay, you have to be interested in all of those things to really get the most out of it. Although it's not for beginners, he's written it with so much structure and guidance that a more-or-less beginner could pick it up and learn a lot. It helps that I think the author is correct on nearly every point.
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Apr 05, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it
Very intriguing look at how and why humans developed language (and why other intelligent and communicative creatures apparently have not). Fairly technical and a few parts were tough going for me, but it's short and well-organized and written for lay people who are willing to work a bit. I'm not enough of a linguist or an evolutionary biologist to judge the science but it certainly gives one a lot to think about.
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