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Why We Talk - The Evolutionary Origins of Language

£19.99

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This hardcover book is in very good condition overall. The cover of the book has a gilded title on the spine, and the book includes the original dust jacket. There are no issues with the cover, but the jacket has some small issues with fraying along the edges in places. Inside, the pages of the book are in terrific condition overall and are without issue.

Jean-Louis Dessalles explores the co-evolutionary paths of biology, culture, and the great human edifice of language, linking the evolution of the language to the general evolutionary history of humankind. He provides searchingly original answers to such fundamental paradoxes as to whether we acquired our greatest gift in order to talk or so as to be able to think, and as to why human beings should, as experience constantly confirms, contribute information for the well-being of others at their own expense and for no apparent gain: which if this is one of language's main functions appears to make its possession, in Darwinian terms, a disadvantage. Dr Dessalles looks for solutions in the early history of human species and considers the degree to which language evolved as a means of choosing profitable coalition partners and maximizing individual success within a competitive social environment. The author opens with a discussion of the differences between animal and human communication and the biological foundations of language. He looks at the physiological preconditions for language evolution and the early evolution of meaning and communication. He then embarks on an important and original account of the natural history of conversation. Here he considers the roles of language in supporting social cohesion and information exchange. This challenging and original account will appeal to all those interested in the origins of language and the evolution of human behaviour.

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Author(s):
Jean-Louis Dessalles
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
24 x 16 cm
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0199276234
ISBN-13:
9780199276233
Number of pages:
384
Publisher:
Oxford University Press (2007)
Title:
Why We Talk - The Evolutionary Origins of Language

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This hardcover book is in very good condition overall. The cover of the book has a gilded title on the spine, and the book includes the original dust jacket. There are no issues with the cover, but the jacket has some small issues with fraying along the edges in places. Inside, the pages of the book are in terrific condition overall and are without issue.

Jean-Louis Dessalles explores the co-evolutionary paths of biology, culture, and the great human edifice of language, linking the evolution of the language to the general evolutionary history of humankind. He provides searchingly original answers to such fundamental paradoxes as to whether we acquired our greatest gift in order to talk or so as to be able to think, and as to why human beings should, as experience constantly confirms, contribute information for the well-being of others at their own expense and for no apparent gain: which if this is one of language's main functions appears to make its possession, in Darwinian terms, a disadvantage. Dr Dessalles looks for solutions in the early history of human species and considers the degree to which language evolved as a means of choosing profitable coalition partners and maximizing individual success within a competitive social environment. The author opens with a discussion of the differences between animal and human communication and the biological foundations of language. He looks at the physiological preconditions for language evolution and the early evolution of meaning and communication. He then embarks on an important and original account of the natural history of conversation. Here he considers the roles of language in supporting social cohesion and information exchange. This challenging and original account will appeal to all those interested in the origins of language and the evolution of human behaviour.

Author(s):
Jean-Louis Dessalles
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
24 x 16 cm
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0199276234
ISBN-13:
9780199276233
Number of pages:
384
Publisher:
Oxford University Press (2007)
Title:
Why We Talk - The Evolutionary Origins of Language

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