This book offers an exciting new perspective on the origins of language. Language is conceptualized as a collective invention, on the model of writing or the wheel, and the book places social and cultural dynamics at the centre of its evolution: language emerged and further developed in human communities already suffused with meaning and communication, mimesis, ritual, song and dance, alloparenting, new divisions of labour and revolutionary changes in social relations. The book thus challenges assumptions about the causal ...

The Social Origins of Language 2014, Oxford University Press, Oxford

ISBN-13: 9780199665327

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The Social Origins of Language 2014, Oxford University Press, Oxford

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