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Readership: The book will be essential reading for scholars and students of the evolution of language, including linguists, archaeologists, palaeontologists, geneticists, evolutionary biologists, neuroscientists, cognitive scientists, psychologists, anthropologists, musicologists, specialists in artificial intelligence and computer modelling, and primatologists.
Edited by Rudolf Botha, University of Stellenbosch, and Chris Knight, University of East London
1: Chris Knight: Introduction: Perspectives on the Evolution of Language in Africa
2: Francesco d'Errico and Marian Vanhaeren: Earliest Personal Ornaments and Their Significance for the Origin of Language Debate
3: Christopher Stuart Henshilwood and Benoît Dubreuil: Reading the Artefacts: Gleaning Language Skils From the Middle Stone Age in Southern Africa
4: Ian Watts: Red Ochre, Body Painting, and Language: Interpreting the Blombos Ochre
5: Rudolf Botha: Theoretical Underpinnings of Inferences About Languae Evolution: The Syntax Used at Blombos Cave
6: W. Tecumseh Fitch: Fossil Cues to the Evolution of Speech
7: Karl C. Diller and Rebecca L. Cann: Evidence Against a Genetic-Based Revolution in Language 50,000 Years Ago
8: Wil Roebroeks and Alexander Verpoorte: A 'Language-Free' Explanation for Differences Between the European Middle and Upper Palaeolithic Record
9: Iain Davidson: The Importance of Archaeological Evidence for Investigating the Evolutionary Emergence of Language
10: James R. Hurford and Dan Dediu: Diversity if Languages, Genes, and the Language Faculty
11: Michael Cysouw and Bernard Comrie: How Varied Typologically are the Languages of Africa?
12: Bonny Sands and Tom Güldemann: What Click Languages Can and Can't Tell us About Language Origins
13: Alan Barnard: Social Origins: Sharing, Exchange, Kinship
14: Jerome Lewis: As Well as Words: Congo Pygmy Hunting, Mimicry, and Play
15: Camilla Power: Sexual Selection Models for the Emergence of Symbolic Communication: Why They Should be Reversed
16: Chris Knight: Language, Ochre, and the Rule of Law