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Adams Tongue: How Humans Made Language, How Language Made Humans
Adams Tongue: How Humans Made Language, How Language Made Humans Derek Bickerton 0809016478 9780809016471 How language evolved has been called the hardest problem in science. InAdams Tongue, Derek Bickertonlong a leading authority in this fieldshows
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Adams Tongue: How Humans Made Language, How Language Made Humans by Derek Bickerton

How language evolved has been called the hardest problem in science. InAdams Tongue, Derek Bickertonlong a leading authority in this fieldshows how and why previous attempts to solve that problem have fallen short. Taking cues from topics as diverse as the foraging strategies of ants, the distribution of large prehistoric herbivores, and the construction of ecological niches, Bickerton produces a dazzling new alternative to the conventional wisdom.nbsp;Language is unique to humans, but it isnt the only thing that sets us apart from other speciesour cognitive powers are qualitatively different. So could there be two separate discontinuities between humans and the rest of nature? No, says Bickerton; he shows how the mere possession of symbolic unitswordsautomatically opened a new and different cognitive universe, one that yielded novel innovations ranging from barbed arrowheads to the Apollo spacecraft.nbsp;Written in Bickertons lucid and irreverent style, this book is the first that thoroughly integrates the story of how language evolved with the story of how humans evolved. Sure to be controversial, it will make indispensable reading both for experts in the field and for every reader who has ever wondered how a species as remarkable as ours could have come into existence.

Author: Derek Bickerton

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Paperback

Publisher: Hill and Wang

Publication Date: 2010-03-02

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Derek Bickerton (Edition: First Edition) Paperback