By Sverker Johansson
Sverker Johansson has written an strange ebook on language origins, with its emphasis on empirical proof instead of theory-building. it is a e-book for the scholar or researcher who prefers reliable facts and well-supported conclusions, over speculative eventualities. a lot that has been written at the origins of language is characterised via hypothesizing mostly unconstrained through facts. yet empirical information do exist, and the aim of this ebook is to combine and evaluation the to be had proof from all proper disciplines, not just linguistics but additionally, e.g., neurology, primatology, paleoanthropology, and evolutionary biology. The facts is then used to constrain the multitude of eventualities for language origins, demonstrating that many well known hypotheses are untenable. one of the matters coated: (1) Human evolutionary historical past, (2) Anatomical necessities for language, (3) Animal verbal exchange and ape "language", (4) brain and language, (5) The function of gesture, (6) Innateness, (7) Selective benefit of language, (8) Proto-language.