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The development of language was one of the key factors that enabled the emergence of the modern mind, with its seemingly unlimited powers of imagination, curiosity and invention. It is one of the things that makes us human and, whether gestural, written or spoken, allows us to communicate ideas from the most mundane to the most profound. But while the origins of language have provoked furious debate, those of music- our other major vocal and aural communication system have been oddly neglected, and though many have picked at the puzzle, its evolutionary significance has often been dismissed. In The Singing Neanderthals, Mithen puts the popular notion of music as the language of emotion on a scientific basis, offering a new scenario for a shared musical and linguistic heritage. Structured in two parts, this books offers an array of evidence from the present which is exposed to fossil and archaeological records from the past. And fascinating ground is covered- from emotionally manipulative gibbons, through the neurological basis of music and language to the impact of happiness on helpfulness, and from the role of laughter in parent-child bonding to the impact of bipedalism on the brains and voices of our ancestors. In doing so, Mithen explains why there are such profound similarities and differences between music and language, and why music plays such a big part in all of our lives.
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|Manufacturer:||Orion Publishing Group|
|Publisher:||Orion Publishing Group|
|Studio:||Orion Publishing Group|
|Item Weight:||1.59 pounds|
|Item Size:||6.25 x 9.25 x 9.25 inches|
|Package Weight:||1.68 pounds|
|Package Size:||6.3 x 1.73 x 1.73 inches|
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By Oxford University Press
ean: 9780199652594, isbn: 0199652597,