If we were to summon the first man and woman from their prehistoric graves, what would they—indeed, what could they—say to us?The human imagination never ceases to be captivated by the quest for its own roots. Who were our ancestors? In the evolutionary clash of brains and brawn, what was it that prevailed and made us, Homo sapiens, uniquely human? Today scientists cite language as the distinctively human feature. But what is language—a sign, a grunt? a sound with collective symbolic meaning? This remarkable book seeks to set the record straight with a critical refinement of the language theory, providing us for the first time with a scientific explanation of how Eve came to speak at all.
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Drawing broadly from fields as diverse as anthropology, neuroscience and linguistics, Lieberman (Uniquely Human) attempts ""to show that our ability to talk is one of the keys to understanding the evolutionary process that made us human"" and that the anatomical changes that permitted our ancesto...| Read Full Review of Eve Spoke: Human Language and...
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