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How Language Began: Gesture and Speech in Human Evolution Paperback – Aug 30 2012


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  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (Aug. 30 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107612799
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107605497
  • ASIN: 1107605490
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 1.3 x 24.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 585 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,414,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Long before embodied cognition was a recognized field of study, David McNeill was demonstrating the inseparability of language and gesture. In this new work he extends this pioneering approach to encompass the origins of human language.' Elena Levy, University of Connecticut

'... grounded in the expertise of more than three decades of studying gestures with speech, this book will significantly change the scholarly debates on language evolution.' Cornelia Müller, Professor of Applied Linguistics, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)

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Written by one of the pioneers of the field, this is the first book to explain how speech and gesture evolved together into a system that all humans possess. David McNeill challenges the popular 'gesture-first' theory and proposes a groundbreaking theory of the evolution of language.

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