Language Origins: Perspectives on Evolution

Language Origins: Perspectives on Evolution

by Maggie Tallerman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199279039

ISBN-13: 9780199279036

Pub. Date: 08/11/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This book addresses central questions in the evolution of language: where it came from; how and why it evolved; how it came to be culturally transmitted; and how languages diversified. It does so from the perspective of the latest work in linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, and computer science, and deploys the latest methods and theories to probe into the

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This book addresses central questions in the evolution of language: where it came from; how and why it evolved; how it came to be culturally transmitted; and how languages diversified. It does so from the perspective of the latest work in linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, and computer science, and deploys the latest methods and theories to probe into the origins and subsequent development of the only species that has languages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199279036
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/11/2005
Series:
Studies in the Evolution of Language Series
Pages:
446
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
PART I Evolution of Speech and Speech Sounds: How did spoken language emerge?
Introduction to Part I: How did links between perception and production emerge for spoken language?, Michael Studdert-Kennedy
2. The Mirror System Hypothesis: How did protolanguage evolve?, Michael Arbib
3. How Did Language go Discrete?, Michael Studdert-Kennedy
4. From Holistic to Discrete Speech Sounds: The blind snowflake maker hypothesis, Pierre-Yves Oudeyer
5. Infant-Directed Speech and Evolution of Language, Bart de Boer
PART II Evolution of Grammar: How did syntax and morphology emerge?
Introduction to Part II: Protolanguage and the Development of Complexity, Maggie Tallerman
6. Initial Syntax and Modern Syntax: Did the clause evolve from the syllable?, Maggie Tallerman
7. The Potential Role of Production in the Evolution of Syntax, Dana McDaniel
8. The Evolutionary Origin of Morphology, Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy
9. The Evolution of Grammatical Structures and 'Functional Need' Explanations, Bernard Comrie and Tania Kuteva
10. Deception and Mate Selection: Some implications for relevance and the evolution of language, Bradley Franks and Kate Rigby
PART III Analogous and Homologous Traits: What can we learn from other species?
Introduction to Part III: The Broadening Scope of Animal Communication Research, Alison Wray
11. An Avian Perspective on Language Evolution: Implications of simultaneous development of vocal and physical object combinations by a Grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus), Irene Maxine Pepperberg
12. Linguistic Prerequisites in the Primate Lineage, Klaus Zuberbühler
PART IV Learnability and Diversity: How did languages emerge and diverge?
Introduction to Part IV: Computer Modelling Widens the Focus of Language Study, James Hurford
13. Cultural Selection for Learnability: Three principles underlying the view that language adapts to be learnable, Henry Brighton, Simon Kirby, and Kenny Smith
14. Coevolution of the Language Faculty and Language(s) With Decorrelated Encodings, Ted Briscoe
15. Acquisition and Evolution of Quasi-regular Languages: Two puzzles for the price of one, Matthew Roberts, Luca Onnis, and Nick Chater
16. Evolution of Language Diversity: Why fitness counts, Zach Solan, Eytan Ruppin, David Horn, and Shimon Edelman
17. Mutual Exclusivity: Communicative success despite conceptual divergence, Andrew D. M. Smith

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