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Tools, Language and Cognition in Human Evolution - Kathleen R. Gibson

Tools, Language and Cognition in Human Evolution

Paperback Published: 17th April 1995
ISBN: 9780521485418
Number Of Pages: 496

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The question addressed by this volume is how human beings have evolved as creatures who can make and use more complex tools, communicate in more complex ways and engage in more complex forms of social life than any other species in the animal kingdom. Leading researchers from fields as diverse as biological and social anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, psychology, neurology and ethology have come together to present a unique interdisciplinary study of this central question in human evolution. The topics explored include the parallels between speech, manual gesture and other modes of communication; comparisons of the tool-using skills and imitative abilities of humans and non-human primates and the neurological links between the cognitive processes involved in language. This important volume will be essential reading for all those interested in human evolution, be they philosophers, humanists or scientists.

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"...its subject matter is compelling, its presentation cogent, and its message important. For anyone with even a passing interest in the topic, the reward is worth the effort." Roger Lewin, New Scientist "...a handsome, mind-stretching volume that expands human understanding among practitioners, and may serve as a useful supplementary text in college and universities." Philip R. Harris, Behavioral Science "All 21 chapters in this book are well written and contain much interesting and at times challenging material." Charles Crawford, Contemporary Psychology "While most chapters are written on a level appropriate for people from other fields, the breadth of coverage insures that experts in all relevant fields will find plenty of new food for thought. Consequently, this is a rather rare book in that it can be highly recommended for readers ranging from students to experts. All that is required is an interest in tools, language and human cognition, and this will surely be provoked by the book if not already present." Thomas R. Alley, Human Ethology Bulletin

Preface
Prologue: General introduction: Animal minds, human minds
A history of speculation on the relation between tools and language
Word, Sign and Gesture: General introduction: Relations between visual-gestural and vocal-auditory modalities of communication
Human gesture
When does gesture become language?
The emergence of language Sue
A comparative approach to language parallels
Technological Skills and Associated Social Behaviors of the Non-Human Primates: Introduction: Generative interplay between technical capacities, social relations, imitation and cognition
Capuchin monkeys
The intelligent use of tools
Aspects of transmission of tool use in wild chimpanzees
Connecting Up The Brain: Introduction: Overlapping neural control of language, gesture and tool use
Disorders of language and tool use
Sex differences in visuospatial skills
The unitary hypothesis
Tool use, language and social behaviour in relationship to information processing capacities
Perspectives on Development: Introduction: Beyond neotony and recapitulation
Human language development and object manipulation
Comparative cognitive development
Higher intelligence, propositional language and culture as adaptations for planning
Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives: Introduction: Tools, techniques and technology
Early stone industries and inferences regarding language and cognition
Tools and language in human evolution
Layers of thinking in tool behaviour
The complementation theory of language and tool use
Tool-use, sociality and intelligence
Epilogue: Technology, language, intelligence
Index
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ISBN: 9780521485418
ISBN-10: 052148541X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 17th April 1995
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.66 x 17.48  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.91

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