Language Origins: Perspectives on Evolutionby Maggie Tallerman
Pub. Date: 08/11/2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
A cross-section of current work in language evolution is provided by cognitive scientists working in a number of disciplines. They cover how spoken language emerged, how syntax and morphology emerged, what can be learned from other species, and how languages emerged and diverged. The 17 papers were originally presented to an international conference on language evolution held in March 2002 at Harvard University. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Table of Contents
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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