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Leofranc Holford-Strevens: Animal Grammar, 8 October 2015

The Origins of Grammar: Language in the Light of Evolution 
by James Hurford.
Oxford, 791 pp., £37, September 2011, 978 0 19 920787 9
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... develop the capacity to speak, and to speak such complex languages? That is the question that James Hurford, emeritus professor of general linguistics at Edinburgh, has sought to answer. The Origins of Meaning, published in 2007, looked at animals’ cognitive representations of the world, their part in the evolution of abstract thought, and the ...

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