How Language Began

    How Language Began

    Gesture and Speech in Human Evolution

    David McNeill

    Cambridge University Press 2012

    Paperback 264pp Illustrated

    9781107605497   Product Code: 21020

    Human language uses gestures and signs alongside, or sometimes instead of, speech. But how did speech and gesture evolve to create this system? Challenging the popular 'gesture-first' theory, McNeill argues that gestures are not accompaniments to speech but essential parts of it. In this book he combines insights from cognitive science, linguistics, neuroscience and psychology to propose a groundbreaking theory of the origin of human communciation, which explains how speech and gesture became unified.

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