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The Prehistory of Language$
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Rudolf Botha and Chris Knight

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199545872

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545872.001.0001

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Introduction: rewards and challenges of multi‐perspectival work on the evolution of language and speech

Introduction: rewards and challenges of multi‐perspectival work on the evolution of language and speech

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(p.1) 1 Introduction: rewards and challenges of multi‐perspectival work on the evolution of language and speech
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The Prehistory of Language
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Rudolf Botha

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545872.003.0001

This introductory chapter begins with a brief description of the two general purposes of the chapters in this volume on the prehistory of language. First, they are representative of work of substance currently being done in an area where quality is not consistently dissociated from quantity. In presenting work by scholars of repute, these chapters give a good idea of the depth of understanding that can be achieved at present. Second, collectively, the chapters provide a striking illustration of how such understanding is achieved: by the adoption of a diversity of perspectives and approaches. Thus, in attempting to account for facets of the evolution of language and speech, these chapters represent a variety of perspectives: social, cultural, archeological, paleoanthropological, musicological, anatomical, neurobiological, primatological, and linguistic, to mention only some. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords:   prehistory, language, speech, evolution

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