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The following sources are recommended by a professor emeritus whose research specialty is the origins of language.


Six Superlative Sources

· Armstrong, D. F., W. C. Stokoe and S. E. Wilcox. 1995. Gesture and the nature of language. Cambridge University Press.

· Deacon, T. 1997. The symbolic species. W.W. Norton.

· Gibson, K. R. and T. Ingold (editors). 1993. Tools, language and cognition in human evolution. Cambridge University Press.

· King, B. J. (editor). 1999. The origins of language: what nonhuman primates can tell us. School of American Research Press.

· Lock, A. and C. R. Peters (editors). 1999. Handbook of human symbolic evolution. Blackwells.

· Noble, W. and I. Davidson. 1996. Human evolution, language and mind. Cambridge University Press.

Other Excellent Sources

· Bickerton, D. 1996. Language and human behavior. University of Washington Press.

· Boesch, C. and M. Tomasello. 1998. Chimpanzee and human cultures. Current Anthropology 39(5):591-614.

· Byrne, R. W. 1995. The thinking ape: evolutionary origins of intelligence. Oxford University Press.

· Calvin, W. H. and D. Bickerton. 2000. Lingua ex Machina. Reconciling Darwin and Chomsky with the human brain. MIT Press.

· Cheney, D. L. and R. M. Seyfarth. 1990. How monkeys see the world. The University of Chicago Press.

· Dennett, D. C. 1996. Kinds of minds: towards an understanding of consciousness. Weidenfeld and Nicolson.

· Donald, M. 1991. Origins of the modern mind. Three stages in the evolution of culture and cognition. Harvard University Press.

· Dunbar, R. I. M. 1996. Grooming, gossip and the evolution of language. Faber and Faber.

· Hauser, M. 1996. The evolution of communication. MIT Press.

· King, B. J. 1994. The information continuum. Evolution of social information transfer in monkeys, apes and hominids. School of American Research Press.

· MacLarnon, A. and G. Hewitt. 1999. The evolution of human speech: the role of enhanced breathing control. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 109:341-363.

· McGrew, W. C. 1992. Chimpanzee material culture. Implications for human evolution. Cambridge University Press.

· Mellars, P. and K. Gibson (editors). 1996. Modelling the early human mind. McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge, UK.

· Savage-Rumbaugh, E. S., J. Murphy, R. A. Sevcik, K. E. Brakke, S. L. Williams and D. M. Rumbaugh. 1993. Language comprehension in ape and child. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development 58.

· Savage-Rumbaugh, S. and R. Lewin. 1994. Kanzi. McGraw-Hill.

· Savage-Rumbaugh, S., S. G. Shanker and T. J. Taylor. 1998. Apes, language and the human mind. Oxford University Press.

· Tomasello, M. 1999. The cultural origins of human cognition. Harvard University Press.

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