Author Robin Allott Offers a Wide-Ranging and Innovative Study of the Origin and Function of Language in New Book

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“The Great Mosaic Eye: Embodied Language Evolution and Society” reexamines a millennia-old argument while celebrating the relevance of language to life.

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Over two millennia ago, Socrates in Plato's dialogue Cratylus asked whether a word was arbitrary or rather its name was a result of some kind of “inherent correctness” which linked the nature of the object and the speech sounds used to give it its name. Robin Allott revisits this classic argument and offers a radically new account of the origin and functioning of language in "The Great Mosaic Eye: Embodied Language Evolution and Society."

The book is a revised and extended version of the Great Mosaic Eye originally published in 2001. It reflects major changes in neuroscience and language research since then. In particular it explains how, in terms of the cerebral motor theory of speech and language, children acquire language. By a matching process, the progressive evolutionary origin of language took place and was responsible over the millennia for the ascent of human intelligence along with the unparalleled increase in human brain size.

The book is divided into four main parts. The first part starts with the main theme and discusses the role of language in human evolution and cultural development. Part II examines the relevance of the motor theory on topics where language plays an important role (among them language disabilities of autistic children, the relation between language and semiotics, sound symbolism). The third part deals with themes in evolutionary biology and, finally, the fourth part concludes with a discussion of the evolutionary significance of human life which is derived from the impact of language for humans as individuals and as a group.

Relevant and thought-provoking, "The Great Mosaic Eye: Embodied Language Evolution and Society" sheds new light on a millennia-old question while inviting readers to recognize the crucial importance of language for present-day human culture and society.

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The Great Mosaic Eye * by Robin Allott
Embodied Language Evolution and Society
Publication Date: March 9, 2012
Trade Paperback; £16.99; 600 pages; 978-1-4691-4629-4
Ebook; £3.99; 978-1-4691-4630-0

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