This book explores the origin and evolution of speech. The human speech system is in a league of its own in the animal kingdom and its possession dwarfs most other evolutionary achievements. During every second of speech we unconsciously use about 225 distinct muscle actions. To investigate the evolutionary origins of this prodigious ability, Peter MacNeilage draws on work in linguistics, cognitive science, evolutionary biology, and animal behaviour. He puts forward a neo-Darwinian account of speech as a process of descent ...

The Origin of Speech 2010, Oxford University Press, USA, Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780199581580

Trade paperback

Select
The Origin of Speech 2008, Oxford University Press, USA, Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780199236503

Hardcover

Select