269 pages, Illus, diags, figs
Corballis traces the theory of how, why, and with what effects language has evolved from a gestural system to the spoken word.
Provocative... The gestural theory makes for a captivating story. -- Emily Eakin New York Times From Hand to Mouth is informative and entertaining... [It] will raise awareness about the importance of gestures and the crucial role they play in communicative interactions. -- Dario Maestripieri American Scientist Corballis makes the case that the evolutionary origins of language are in gestures rather than in speech... An engaging story. Choice An engaging, highly readable and provocative account of the evolution of human language... In short, this is an important book on an important topic... From Hand to Mouth should be studied by everyone with a serious interest in the origins of language and read by others who want an evolutionary account that is as entertaining as it is informative. -- Joseph B. Hellige Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society
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