By Derek Bickerton

How language developed has been referred to as “the toughest challenge in science.” In Adam’s Tongue, Derek Bickerton—long a number one authority during this field—shows how and why past makes an attempt to unravel that challenge have fallen brief. Taking cues from themes as different because the foraging concepts of ants, the distribution of enormous prehistoric herbivores, and the development of ecological niches, Bickerton produces a blinding new replacement to the traditional wisdom.

Language is exclusive to people, however it isn’t the one factor that units us except different species—our cognitive powers are qualitatively assorted. So may well there be separate discontinuities among people and the remainder of nature? No, says Bickerton; he indicates how the mere ownership of symbolic units—words—automatically opened a brand new and assorted cognitive universe, person who yielded novel ideas starting from barbed arrowheads to the Apollo spacecraft.

Written in Bickerton’s lucid and irreverent variety, this e-book is the 1st that completely integrates the tale of ways language advanced with the tale of ways people advanced. certain to be debatable, it'll make crucial studying either for specialists within the box and for each reader who has ever puzzled how a species as amazing as ours may have come into lifestyles.

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