Adam's Tongue: How Humans Made Language, How Language Made Humans

Adam's Tongue: How Humans Made Language, How Language Made Humans

Derek Bickerton


How language advanced has been known as "the toughest challenge in science." In Adam's Tongue, Derek Bickerton―long a number one authority during this field―shows how and why earlier makes an attempt to resolve that challenge have fallen brief. Taking cues from themes as diversified because the foraging suggestions of ants, the distribution of enormous prehistoric herbivores, and the development of ecological niches, Bickerton produces a blinding new substitute to the normal wisdom.

Language is exclusive to people, however it is not the simply factor that units us except different species―our cognitive powers are qualitatively diversified. So may possibly there be separate discontinuities among people and the remainder of nature? No, says Bickerton; he exhibits how the mere ownership of symbolic units―words―automatically opened a brand new and varied cognitive universe, one who yielded novel options starting from barbed arrowheads to the Apollo spacecraft.

Written in Bickerton's lucid and irreverent kind, this booklet is the 1st to entirely combine the tale of the way language developed with the tale of ways people developed. absolute to be arguable, it'll make critical analyzing either for specialists within the box and for each reader who has ever questioned how a species as outstanding as ours may have come into existence.'

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