The social origins of language

Daniel Dor (Editor), Chris Knight (Editor), Jerome Lewis (Editor)

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This book presents a new perspective on the origins of language, and highlights the key role of social and cultural dynamics in driving language evolution. It considers, among other questions, the role of gesture in communication, mimesis, play, dance, and song in extant hunter-gatherer communities, and the time-frame for language evolution.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford; New York
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages435
ISBN (Electronic)0191643122, 0191779725
ISBN (Print)019966532X, 0199665338, 9780199665327, 9780199665334
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameOxford studies in the evolution of language
PublisherOxford University Press

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Cognition and culture
  • Human evolution
  • Language and languages -- Origin
  • Social behavior in animals
  • Social evolution
  • Culture and cognition
  • Origin of languages
  • Speech -- Origin
  • Cultural evolution
  • Cultural transformation -- Social evolution
  • Culture, Evolution of


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