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The Evolution of Language: Towards Gestural Hypotheses

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Przemysław Żywiczyński and Sławomir Wacewicz

This book discusses the scope and development of the science of language evolution – a newly emergent field that investigates the origin of language. The book is addressed to audiences who are not professionally involved in science and presents the problems of language origins together with introductory information on such topics as the theory of evolution, elements of linguistic theory, the neural infrastructure of language or the signalling theory.

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Introduction to the Translation

Introduction

Structure of the book

1 The Beginnings of Language and Language Origins

1.1 Religious beginnings

1.1.1 On the divinity of language, the forbidden experiment, and the Adamic language

1.1.2 Language as the object of investigation

Jewish tradition

1.1.3 Reflections on language in Indian philosophy

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