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The Origin of Language

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  •    135.00 hardcover
  •    30.00 paperback
  •    9.99 eBook
  •    256 pages
  •    6 x 9
  •    Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
  • Hardcover ISBN  978-1-59056-609-1
  • Paperback ISBN  978-1-59056-610-7
  • eBook ISBN  978-1-59056-611-4
  • Publisher: American Mental Health Foundation
  • Publication Date: June 2021

An evolutionary overview of the origin of language as an expression of primary emotions and behavioral prototypes.

In this book, language is seen as embedded in the infant’s universe of emotion. Thus, language is seen as innate and is understood as representing prototype emotions implemented at birth, and connected to a brain-wired attachment-need. The overarching power-theme of it all—including primacy of emotion with respect to language, along with the importance of attachment-need—is identified and defined in detail, especially as it concerns the organizational power of a person’s basic-wish. This is where the center, the core of the interaction between emotion, attachment, and language-origin, is revealed—that is, with respect to the relative success-index of the person’s basic-wish. Such a basic-wish is what gives shape and meaning to the person’s entire personality. Thus, the psycho/biological underpinning of The Origin of Language is that of an evolutionary view of the entire arena of the origin of language and its suffusion in the primary emotions and primary behavioral prototypes found at all phylogenetic levels.

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