Comments on David McNeill's Book (2012) How Language Began

David McNeill, Professor at the University of Chicago, has been publishing books on the unity of speech and gesture, starting in 1992 with the book: Hand and Mind. He approaches the evolution of talk from the view of the U of C's language lab. Why do people gesture when they speak? Is this an evolved trait? These comments re-articulate McNeill's work using the category-based nested form. More

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About the Series: Buttressing the Human Niche
The Human Niche stands on four commentaries on recent books of human evolution. The comments in this series examine other publications. Eventually, new literature will incorporate the hypothesis that humans adapted, and are still adapting, into the niche of triadic relations. These comments supplement the courses on the Human Niche and An Archaeology of the Fall.

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