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The Resource Dawn : the origins of language and the modern human mind, Rik Smits

Dawn : the origins of language and the modern human mind, Rik Smits

Label
Dawn : the origins of language and the modern human mind
Title
Dawn
Title remainder
the origins of language and the modern human mind
Statement of responsibility
Rik Smits
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Author
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • dut
  • eng
Summary
In this work, originally published in Dutch, Rik Smits theorizes that language could not have developed originally as a system of communication. It is, instead, the result of combining separate abilities, each of which developed independently to aid the survival of early humans. Lacking strength and speed, man relies on wisdom for survival. Smits theorizes that human skills in calculation and estimation continued to develop until they were sufficient to accommodate a system as complex as grammar. Only after our linguistic ability emerged could humans think logically and share our reasoning with others, at which point almost everything we now call culture began to flourish. Smits concludes that language cannot have long predated the invention of agriculture in the Middle East, some 14,000 years ago. The huge advance in civilization represented by language made abstract powers of reasoning indispensable for the first time, along with highly developed concepts of identity, past, present, and future, all of which rely upon language. This explanation of the origins of language throws new light on cave paintings by Cro-Magnon man, whose masterpieces date from about 40,000 to 15,000 years ago. Anatomically Cro-Magnons were modern humans, but they had no language in the modern sense. Their absence of language gave them no true sense of individual identity. -- Provided by publisher
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smits, Rik
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
Translated from the Dutch
LC call number
P116
LC item number
.S6313 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Language and languages
  • Language and languages
  • Human evolution
  • Human evolution
  • Language and languages
  • Language and languages
  • Sprachursprung
  • Evolution
Label
Dawn : the origins of language and the modern human mind, Rik Smits
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"In this work, originally published as Daferaad, in Dutch, Rik Smits theorizes that language could not have developed originally as a system of communication."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-212) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Chapter 1: Night -- Chapter 2: The animal inside us -- Chapter 3: Goodbye to the animal kingdom -- -- Chapter 4: Phantom limbs and figments of the mind -- Chapter 5: shamans in the shades -- Chapter 6: Voices on the plains -- Chapter 7: Dawn -- Epilogue: Echoes of the past
Control code
911073437
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
x, 220 pages
Isbn
9781412862578
Lccn
2015042434
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40025834186
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)911073437
Label
Dawn : the origins of language and the modern human mind, Rik Smits
Publication
Note
"In this work, originally published as Daferaad, in Dutch, Rik Smits theorizes that language could not have developed originally as a system of communication."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-212) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Chapter 1: Night -- Chapter 2: The animal inside us -- Chapter 3: Goodbye to the animal kingdom -- -- Chapter 4: Phantom limbs and figments of the mind -- Chapter 5: shamans in the shades -- Chapter 6: Voices on the plains -- Chapter 7: Dawn -- Epilogue: Echoes of the past
Control code
911073437
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
x, 220 pages
Isbn
9781412862578
Lccn
2015042434
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40025834186
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)911073437

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