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Published: 15 April 1999

272 Pages | 2 figures and 12 linguistic tree diagrams


ISBN: 9780198238225

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The Origins of Complex Language

An Inquiry into the Evolutionary Beginnings of Sentences, Syllables, and Truth

Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy

  • An original an full account of language origins
  • Considers why humans are the only language-using animals
  • Challenges the assumption that language is a consequence of intelligence
  • Draws on evidence from linguistics, neurobiology, evolutionary anthropology, and archaeology

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