The Cradle of Language

Paperback | May 16, 2009

EditorRudolf Botha, Chris Knight

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This book is the first to focus on the African origins of human language. It explores the origins of language and culture 250,000-150,000 years ago when modern humans evolved in Africa. Scholars from around the world address the fossil, genetic, and archaeological evidence and criticallyexamine the ways it has been interpreted. The book also considers parallel developments among Europe's Neanderthals and the contrasting outcomes for the two species. Following an extensive introduction contextualizing and linking the book's topics and approaches, fifteen chapters bring together manyof the most significant recent findings and developments in modern human origins research. The fields represented by the authors include genetics, biology, behavioural ecology, linguistics, archaeology, cognitive science, and anthropology.

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This book is the first to focus on the African origins of human language. It explores the origins of language and culture 250,000-150,000 years ago when modern humans evolved in Africa. Scholars from around the world address the fossil, genetic, and archaeological evidence and criticallyexamine the ways it has been interpreted. The boo...

Rudolf Botha is Emeritus Professor of General Linguistics at the University of Stellenbosch, Honorary Professor of Linguistics at Utrecht University, and a Fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (2001-02 and 2005-06). His books include Form and Meaning in Word Formation: A Study of Afrikaans Reduplication (CUP 1988), C...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pagesPublished:May 16, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Chris Knight: Introduction: Perspectives on the Evolution of Language in Africa2. Francesco d'Errico and Marian Vanhaeren: Earliest Personal Ornaments and Their Significance for the Origin of Language Debate3. Christopher Stuart Henshilwood and Benoit Dubreuil: Reading the Artefacts: Gleaning Language Skils From the Middle Stone Age in Southern Africa4. Ian Watts: Red Ochre, Body Painting, and Language: Interpreting the Blombos Ochre5. Rudolf Botha: Theoretical Underpinnings of Inferences About Languae Evolution: The Syntax Used at Blombos Cave6. W. Tecumseh Fitch: Fossil Cues to the Evolution of Speech7. Karl C. Diller and Rebecca L. Cann: Evidence Against a Genetic-Based Revolution in Language 50,000 Years Ago8. Wil Roebroeks and Alexander Verpoorte: A 'Language-Free' Explanation for Differences Between the European Middle and Upper Palaeolithic Record9. Iain Davidson: The Importance of Archaeological Evidence for Investigating the Evolutionary Emergence of Language10. James R. Hurford and Dan Dediu: Diversity if Languages, Genes, and the Language Faculty11. Michael Cysouw and Bernard Comrie: How Varied Typologically are the Languages of Africa?12. Bonny Sands and Tom Guldemann: What Click Languages Can and Can't Tell us About Language Origins13. Alan Barnard: Social Origins: Sharing, Exchange, Kinship14. Jerome Lewis: As Well as Words: Congo Pygmy Hunting, Mimicry, and Play15. Camilla Power: Sexual Selection Models for the Emergence of Symbolic Communication: Why They Should be Reversed16. Chris Knight: Language, Ochre, and the Rule of LawReferencesIndex