The Prehistory of Language - Oxford Press.

Together with its companion volume—The Cradle of Language —this book grew out of a conference held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in November 2006. The organizers deliberately held the event in the part of the world where modern language is now believed to have evolved. In addition to prominent linguists, psychologists, cognitive scientists, and specialists in artificial intelligence, the conference featured some of the world’s leading archeologists, historical linguists, primatologists, and social anthropologists, in many cases bringing specialist knowledge of distinctively African data and perspectives.
Shortly after the conference, we decided to publish not only the contributions from invited speakers but papers selected from the refreshingly wide range of disciplines represented at the event. Chapters dealing more specifically with the African origins of language and culture appear in The Cradle of Language. The present volume offers state-of-the-art discussions of more general aspects of language evolution. Both reflect the authors’ extensive additional work on their original papers.


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