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    Tools, Language and Cognition in Human Evolution

    ISBN-10: 0521414741
    ISBN-13: 9780521414746
    Author(s): Kathleen R. Gibson, Tim Ingold
    Description: The question addressed by this volume is how human beings have evolved as creatures who can make and use more complex tools, communicate in more complex ways, and engage in more complex forms of social life, than any other species in the animal  More...
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    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 495
    Size: 6.85" wide x 9.72" long x 1.06" tall
    Weight: 2.354
    Language: English

    The question addressed by this volume is how human beings have evolved as creatures who can make and use more complex tools, communicate in more complex ways, and engage in more complex forms of social life, than any other species in the animal kingdom. The topics explored include the parallels among speech, manual gesture and other models of communication; a comparison of the tool-using skills and imitative abilities of humans and nonhuman primates; the neurological links among the cognitive processes involved in language, gesture and tool use; how linguistic and technical capacities merge together in processes of cognitive development; and a discussion of what the archaeological record and the ethnography of modern human cultures can tell us about the relationship among tools, language and social life.

    Preface
    Prologue: General introduction: Animal minds, human minds
    A history of speculation on the relation between tools and language
    Word, Sign and Gesture: General introduction: Relations between visual-gestural and vocal-auditory modalities of communication
    Human gesture
    When does gesture become language?
    The emergence of language Sue
    A comparative approach to language parallels
    Technological Skills and Associated Social Behaviors of the Non-Human Primates: Introduction: Generative interplay between technical capacities, social relations, imitation and cognition
    Capuchin monkeys
    The intelligent use of tools
    Aspects of transmission of tool use in wild chimpanzees
    Connecting Up The Brain: Introduction: Overlapping neural control of language, gesture and tool use
    Disorders of language and tool use
    Sex differences in visuospatial skills
    The unitary hypothesis
    Tool use, language and social behaviour in relationship to information processing capacities
    Perspectives on Development: Introduction: Beyond neotony and recapitulation
    Human language development and object manipulation
    Comparative cognitive development
    Higher intelligence, propositional language and culture as adaptations for planning
    Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives: Introduction: Tools, techniques and technology
    Early stone industries and inferences regarding language and cognition
    Tools and language in human evolution
    Layers of thinking in tool behaviour
    The complementation theory of language and tool use
    Tool-use, sociality and intelligence
    Epilogue: Technology, language, intelligence
    Index

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