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Evolutionary Linguistics
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1. Evolution and history; 2. Evidence for evolution; 3. The comparative methods; 4. Who, where and when?; 5. The vocal tract; 6. Language and the brain; 7. Language and genes; 8. Big bang or cumulative creep? Saltation versus gradual, adaptive evolution; 9. From protolanguage to language.

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How did the biological, brain and behavioural structures underlying human language evolve? This is an introduction to the interdisciplinary debates.

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April McMahon is Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University. Robert McMahon is a Research Associate in the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University.

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'Ideal material for my postgraduate course in evolutionary linguistics.' Andrew Smith, University of Stirling
'... this book is an excellent introduction to the origins and development of early human language. It is written in an accessible but authoritative style and will hopefully serve as a rewarding entryway for future scholars interested in this growing subfield of linguistic research.' Ryan Shosted, Journal of Sociolinguistics
"... this book is an excellent introduction to the origins and development of early human language. It is written in an accessible but authoritative style and will hopefully serve as a rewarding entryway for future scholars interested in this growing subfield of linguistic research." Ryan Shosted, Journal of Sociolinguistics

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