Language Origins: Perspectives on Evolution

Language Origins: Perspectives on Evolution

by Maggie Tallerman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199279047

ISBN-13: 9780199279043

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. The chapters are written from the perspective of the latest work in linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, and computer science, and reflect the idea that various cognitive, physical,…  See more details below

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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. The chapters are written from the perspective of the latest work in linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, and computer science, and reflect the idea that various cognitive, physical, neurological, social, and cultural prerequisites led to the development of full human language. Some of these evolutionary changes were preadaptations for language, while others were adaptive changes allowing the development of particular linguistic characteristics." The authors consider a broad spectrum of ideas about the conditions that led to the evolution of proto-language and full language. The book will interest a wide range of linguistics, cognitive scientists, biologists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and experts in artificial intelligence, as well as all those fascinated by the issues, puzzles, and problems raised by the evolution of language. The book will interest a wide range of linguists, cognitive scientists, biologists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and experts in artificial intelligence, as well as all those fascinated by the issues, puzzles and problems raised by the evolution of language.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199279043
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/11/2005
Series:
Studies in the Evolution of Language Series
Pages:
446
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction : language origins and evolutionary processes1
Pt. IEvolution 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?12
2The mirror system hypothesis : how did protolanguage evolve?21
3How did language go discrete?48
4From holistic to discrete speech sounds : the blind snowflake-maker hypothesis68
5Infant-directed speech and evolution of language100
Pt. IIEvolution of grammar : how did syntax and morphology emerge?
Introduction to part II : protolanguage and the development of complexity124
6Initial syntax and modern syntax : did the clause evolve from the syllable?133
7The potential role of production in the evolution of syntax153
8The evolutionary origin of morphology166
9The evolution of grammatical structures and 'functional need' explanations185
10Deception and mate selection : some implications for relevance and the evolution of language208
Pt. IIIAnalogous and homologous traits : what can we learn from other species?
Introduction to part III : the broadening scope of animal communication research232
11An avian perspective on language evolution : implications of simultaneous development of vocal and physical object combinations by a grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus)239
12Linguistic prerequisites in the primate lineage262
Pt. IVLearnability and diversity : how did languages emerge and diverge?
Introduction to part IV : computer modelling widens the focus of language study284
13Cultural selection for learnability : three principles underlying the view that language adapts to be learnable291
14Co-evolution of the language faculty and language(s) with decorrelated encodings310
15Acquisition and evolution of quasi-regular languages : two puzzles for the price of one334
16Evolution of language diversity : why fitness counts357
17Mutual exclusivity : communicative success despite conceptual divergence372

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