The Handbook of Human Symbolic Evolution

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-12-03
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Explanations and accounts of our own origins have become one of the most popular of all the areas in science that are now regularly brought into the public arena via television, lavishly illustrated books, and even cartoons. The discovery of fossils and artefacts has its own intrinsic interest, but it is the origin of our characteristically human abilities - to be able to speak, create images, read, write etc. that holds the imagination. The aim of this volume is to create a reference work that sets out and evaluates the basic knowledge and theory relevant to these origins of communication that has accumulated in the scientific literature over the last few decades. Indeed, the evolution of language within the area of linguistics has suddenly become a very hot topic, having been frowned upon in the past since evolution was previously considered to be outside mainstream scientific enquiry. Contributions to the volume include those from linguistics, anthropology and psychology. Primatologists and biologists have also contributed giving the reader a uniquely broad and accessible reference work in this burgeoning area of study. This volume was first published in hardcover by Oxford University Press in 1996.

Author Biography

Andrew Lock is Professor of Psychology at Massey University, New Zealand.
Charles Peters is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Georgia.

Table of Contents

Photogallery of Fossil Skulls
An Outline of Human Phylogeny
Evolutionary Trees of Apes and Humans From DNA Sequences
Evolution of The Human Brain
Evolution of The Hand and Bipedality
Social and Socio-Cultural Systems
Primate Communication, Lies, and Ideas
Social Relations, Human Ecology, and The Evolution of Culture: An Exploration of Concepts and Definitions
Social Relations, Communication, and Cognition
On The Evolution of Human Socio-Cultural Patterns
The Evolution of Tools and Symbolic Behaviour
The Interpretation of European 'Palaeolithic Art': Magic, Mythogram, and Metaphors For Modernity
Photogallery of Contemporary Hunter-Gatherer Art: A. Australian Aboriginal Art. B. South African Bushman Art
Ontogeny and Symbolism
The Role of Ontogenesis in Human Evolution and Development
The Ontogeny and Evolution of The Brain, Cognition, and Language
Early Interaction and Cognitive Skills: Implications For The Acquisition of Culture
The Origins of Language and Thought in Early Childhood
Theories of Symbolization and Development
Children's Drawings and The Evolution of Art
Language Systems
Spoken Language and Sign Language
A History of The Study of Language Origins and The Gestural Primacy Hypothesis
Cognitive Abilities in A Comparative Perspective
Animal Language and Cognition Projects
Symbols and Structures in Language Acquisition
The Reconstruction of The Evolution of Human Spoken Language
Theoretical Stages in The Prehistory of Grammar
Social and Cognitive Factors in The Historical Elaboration of Writing
Tempo and Mode of Change in The Evolution of Symbolism
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