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The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution

Edited by Kathleen R. Gibson and Maggie Tallerman

Volume 1, issue Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199541119
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199541119.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution

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The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution presents critical accounts of every aspect of the field. The book’s five parts are devoted to insights from comparative animal behaviour; the biology of language evolution (anatomy, genetics, and neurology); the prehistory of language (when and why did language evolve?); the development of a linguistic species; and language creation, transmission, and change. Research on language evolution has burgeoned over the last three decades. Interdisciplinary activity has produced fundamental advances in the understanding of language evolution and in human and primate evolution more generally. This book presents a wide-ranging summation of work in all the disciplines involved. It highlights the links in different lines of research, shows what has been achieved to date, and considers the most promising directions for future work.

Keywords: animal behaviour; language evolution; prehistory of language; linguistic species; human evolution; primate evolution; research

Book.  800 pages. 

Subjects: Linguistics

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Introduction: The evolution of language in The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution

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