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The Seeds of Speech: Language Origin and Evolution

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Human language is a weird communication system: it has more in common with birdsong than with the calls of other primates. Jean Aitchison explores the origins of human language and how it has evolved. She likens the search to a vast prehistoric jigsaw puzzle, in which numerous fragments of evidence must be assembled. Such evidence is pieced together from a mixture of lingu ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published May 4th 2000 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1996)
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Dit boek las ik in de Nederlandse vertaling : De sprekende aap : Over oorsprong en evolutie van de menselijke taal.
De auteur was me reeds bekend van de Reith Lecture Series 1996 : The language web.
Het is een onderwerp dat me geweldig interesseert en ik heb er al redelijk wat populariserende boeken over gelezen, maar in dit boek ik heb heel wat teruggevonden, waarover ik nog nooit iets gelezen had. Ze slaagt erin voorbeelden te geven van fenomenen die in onze taal eerder als randverschijnsel opt
Vicki Johnson
Informative and written for the non-linguist, however I just couldn't get past the use of quotes from novels, children's books and Roman philosophers. Fiction and archaic literature cannot provide serious support for non-fiction writing.
Interesting in some chapters, but a pity that the interesting parts are so concise. Also, I guess more than half of the book is filled with irrelevant quotes from writers, poets and politicians...
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Jean Aitchison is a Professor of Language and Communication in the Faculty of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford.

Her main areas of interest include:

Socio-historical linguistics
Language and mind
Language and the media
More about Jean Aitchison...
Language Change: Progress or Decay? (Cambridge Approaches to Linguistics) The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics Teach Yourself Linguistics Words in the Mind The Language Web: The Power and Problem of Words - The 1996 BBC Reith Lectures

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