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By Jean Aitchison

Human language is a unusual communique approach: it has extra in universal with birdsong than with the calls of different primates. Jean Aitchison explores the origins of human language and the way it has advanced. She likens the hunt to an unlimited prehistoric jigsaw puzzle, within which quite a few fragments of facts has to be assembled. Such proof is pieced jointly from a mix of linguistic and nonlinguistic resources akin to evolution conception, archaeology, psychology, and anthropology. this can be an obtainable and wide-ranging creation to the origins and evolution of human language.

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Once descent had started, then the routes turned out to differ substantially. There was no turning back, and the differing terrain forced quite different life styles onto each group. This 'different routes down' scenario is not so far-fetched. Something very similar may have happened when we split from our cousins the apes, according to one increasingly influential view. We were all living together in Africa, until a catastrophic event occurred, probably a series of major earthquakes or a 'tectonic crisis', as it is sometimes referred to (Coppens 1994).

East Side story' is the apt name given to this Rift Valley hypothesis. It is supported both by climatologists, and by the archaeological evidence: chimpanzees are found only to the west of the Rift Valley, and hominid fossils are found only to the east. A transition to an even drier climate may have been the triggering factor in the divergence of the australopithecines (southern apes) and the genus Homo (Man). The australopithecines remained vegetarian. Our ancestors possibly broadened their diet, perhaps scavenging for meat.

Original grammatical errors show that she is creating her utterances afresh, as in: It was gaven by a friend I don't know how I catched it These are two classes I've tooken Three tickets were gave out by a police last year Laura is not the only child of this type, though she is perhaps the one we know most about. There are reports of two boys, Antony and Rick (Curtiss 1988), and a hydrocephalic girl, known as D. C. C. is puzzling. Her utterances make superficial sense, even though she invents the stories she relates, as in: We go to this river to do canoeing and I fell in the river once ...

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