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From Hand to Mouth: The Origins of Language

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By: M Corballis

269 pages, Illus, diags, figs

Princeton University Press

Hardback | Dec 2002 | #136096 | ISBN: 0691088039
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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


Preface vii Acknowledgments xi Chapter 1. What Is Language? 1 Chapter 2. Do Animals Have Language? 21 Chapter 3. In the Beginning Was the Gesture 41 Chapter 4. On Our Own Two Feet 66 Chapter 5. Becoming Human 82 Chapter 6. Signed Language 102 Chapter 7. It's All Talk 126 Chapter 8. Why Are We Lopsided? 159 Chapter 9. From Hand to Mouth 184 Chapter 10. Synopsis 213 References 221 Index 247

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Michael C. Corballis is Professor of Psychology and a member of the Research Center for Cognitive Science at the University of Auckland. He is the author of three books, including The Lopsided Ape, and coeditor of The Descent of Mind. His work has appeared in Science, Nature, Scientific American, and American Scientist.

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