The Making of Language

Synopsis

The Making of Language presents an alternative to the prevalent view of language as the product of human genetics. It argues instead that language originated in the cooperative activity of early humans: "We made language, as we made pots and pans." Author Mike Beaken shows how early forms of communication developed in step with technology, culture, and social organization. Thoroughly revised, this second edition also considers the significance of music in relation to other forms of communication. It covers a wide range of disciplines and reflects relevant published research since the first edition appeared in 1996. Clearly written, it will be welcomed by anyone interested in the evolution and origin of language.

Additional information

Contributors:
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Edinburgh
Publication year:
  • 2011
Edition:
  • 2nd