The Gestural Origin of Language

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Bog, hardback
Udgivelsesdato:
30-06-2005
Sprog:
Engelsk
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In The Gestural Origin of Language, Wilcox and Armstrong use evidence from and about sign languages to explore the origins of language as we know it today. According to their model, it is sign, not spoken languages, that is the original mode of human communication.The authors demonstrate that modern language is derived from practical actions and gestures that were increasingly recognised as having the potential to represent and hence to communicate. In other words, the fundamental ability that allows us to use language is our ability to use pictures of icons, rather than linguistic symbols. Evidence from the human fossil record supports the authors' claim by showing that we were anatomically able to produce gestures and signs before we were able to speakfluently. Although speech evolved later as a secondary linguistic communication device that eventually replaced sign language as the primary mode of communication, speech has never entirely replaced signs and gestures.

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Udgivelsesdato:
30-06-2005
ISBN13:
9780195163483
Vægt:
446 g
Dybde:
15 mm
Bredde:
165 mm
Højde:
242 mm
Format:
Hardback
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    Wilcox and Armstrong present a unique view of the origins of language, describing what linguistic science would look like if sign language rather than speech was used as the basis for the study of language systems. 6 halftones, 14 line illustrations

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