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The truth about language : what it is and where it came from, Michael C. Corballis

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The truth about language : what it is and where it came from
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The truth about language
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what it is and where it came from
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Michael C. Corballis
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eng
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Evolutionary science has long viewed language as, basically, a fortunate accident--a crossing of wires that happened to be extraordinarily useful, setting humans apart from other animals and onto a trajectory that would see their brains (and the products of those brains) become increasingly complex. But as Michael C. Corballis shows in 'The Truth about Language', it's time to reconsider those assumptions. Language, he argues, is not the product of some "big bang" 60,000 years ago, but rather the result of a typically slow process of evolution with roots in elements of grammatical language found much farther back in our evolutionary history. Language, Corballis explains, evolved as a way to share thoughts and, crucially for human development, to connect our own "mental time travel," our imagining of events and people that are not right in front of us, to that of other people. We share that ability with other animals, but it was the development of language that made it powerful: it led to our ability to imagine other perspectives, to imagine ourselves in the minds of others, a development that, by easing social interaction, proved to be an extraordinary evolutionary advantage. Even as his thesis challenges such giants as Chomsky and Stephen Jay Gould, Corballis writes accessibly and wittily, filling his account with unforgettable anecdotes and fascinating historical examples. The result is a book that's perfect both for deep engagement and as brilliant fodder for that lightest of all forms of language, cocktail party chatter
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It is time for the story of the evolution of language to be rewritten. Michael Corballis breaks tradition with the likes of Chomsky, Pinker, and Gould and shows how language was neither a great leap nor a merge of mental wires. Language, he argues, is a device for sharing our thoughts, and is not thought itself; thought evolved independently of language, and was not necessary for its later emergence
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Corballis, Michael C
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401
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non fiction
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  • Language and languages
  • Language and languages
  • Thought and thinking
  • Language and languages
  • Language and languages
  • Thought and thinking
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics
  • PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology & Cognition
  • SCIENCE / Cognitive Science
  • SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
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adult
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what it is and where it came from
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The truth about language : what it is and where it came from, Michael C. Corballis
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-250) and index
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text
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rdacontent
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1809643
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24 cm
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xi, 260 pages
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9780226287195
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2016027786
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • (Sirsi) i9780226287195
  • (OCoLC)952139206
Label
The truth about language : what it is and where it came from, Michael C. Corballis
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-250) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1809643
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 260 pages
Isbn
9780226287195
Lccn
2016027786
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780226287195
  • (OCoLC)952139206

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