The Symbolic Species: The Co-Evolution of Language And the Human Brain (Penguin Press Science)

The Symbolic Species: The Co-Evolution of Language And the Human Brain (Penguin Press Science)

by TerrenceDeacon (Author)

Synopsis

Drawing on the author's breakthrough research, THE SYMBOLIC SPECIES presents an entirely new explanation of our unique language ability. Language evolved in only one species and in only one way - without precedent and without parallel. Terrence Deacon asserts that language evolution did not require the sudden appearance of a specialized language instinct, nor the development of more complex brains. Instead, language reflects a new kind of thinking: symbolic thinking. 'Turns everything we know about language on its head' - Jerome Burne, Sunday Telegraph

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 528
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Penguin
Published: 14 Sep 1998

ISBN 10: 0140264051
ISBN 13: 9780140264050

Author Bio
Terrence Deacon is a world-renowned researcher in neuroscience and evolutionary anthopology at the Harvard Medical School. He teaches at Boston University.