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Oxford [u.a.] : Oxford Univ. Press
ISBN: 0199665338 , 019966532X , 9780199665334 , 9780199665327
Language: English
Pages: XIV, 435 S. , Ill., graph. Darst.
Edition: 1. ed.
Series Statement: Oxford studies in the evolution of language 19
Series Statement: Oxford linguistics
Series Statement: Oxford studies in the evolution of language
Parallel Title: Online-Ausg. The social origins of language
DDC: 306.44
Keywords: Language and languages Origin ; Social evolution ; Cognition and culture ; Social behavior in animals ; Human evolution ; Aufsatzsammlung ; Aufsatzsammlung ; Sprachursprung ; Kommunikationsgemeinschaft ; Soziale Evolution
Abstract: 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 relations between genes, capacities, social communication and innovation: the biological capacities are taken to evolve incrementally on the basis of cognitive plasticity, in a process that recruits previous adaptations and fine-tunes them to serve novel communicative ends. Topics include the ability brought about by language to tell lies, that must have confronted our ancestors with new problems of public trust; the dynamics of social-cognitive co-evolution; the role of gesture and mimesis in linguistic communication; studies of how monkeys and apes express their feelings or thoughts; play, laughter, dance, song, ritual and other social displays among extant hunter-gatherers; the social nature of language acquisition and innovation; normativity and the emergence of linguistic norms; the interaction of language and emotions; and novel perspectives on the time-frame for language evolution. The contributors are leading international scholars from linguistics, anthropology, palaeontology, primatology, psychology, evolutionary biology, artificial intelligence, archaeology, and cognitive science.
Note: Literaturverz. S. [350] - 419 , Hier auch später erschienene, unveränderte Nachdrucke , 1. Introduction : A social perspective on how language began , 3. Niche construction and semiosis : biocultural and social dynamics , 4. Signal evolution and the social brain , 5. How can a social theory of language evolution be grounded in evidence? , 6. The 'poly-modalic' nature of utterances and its relevance for inquiring into language origins , 7. BaYaka Pygmy multi-modal and mimetic communication traditions , 8. Language presupposes an enchronic infrastructure for social interaction , 9. The instruction of imagination : language and its evolution as a communication technology , 10. Chimpanzee grooming gestures and sounds : what might they tell us about how language evolved? , 11. Vocal communication and social awareness in chimpanzees and bonobos , 12. Why humans and not apes : the social preconditions for the emergence of language , 13. Language and collective fiction : from children's pretence to social institutions , 14. The time frame of the emergence of modern language and its implications , 15. The evolution of ritual as a process of sexual selection , 16. The red thread : pigment use and the evolution of collective ritual , 17. Language and symbolic culture : an outcome of hunter-gatherer reverse dominance , 18. The co-evolution of human intersubjectivity, morality, and language , 19. Forever united : the co-evolution of language and normativity , 20. Why talk? , 21. Vocal deception, laughter, and the linguistic significance of reverse dominance , 22. Memory, imagination, and the evolution of modern language , 23. Transmission biases in the cultural evolution of language : towards an explanatory framework , 24. Breaking down false barriers to understanding
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