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Why We Talk: The Evolutionary Origins of Language

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Constant exchange of information is integral to our societies. Jean-Louis Dessalles explores how this came into being. He develops a view of language as an instrument for conversation rather than mental representation and thought. Presenting language evolution as a natural history of conversation, the author sheds light on the emergence of communication in the hominine con ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA
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