Linguistic Evolution through Language Acquisitionby Ted Briscoe
Pub. Date: 09/11/2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This groundbreaking study of how children acquire language and the effects on language change over the generations draws on a wide range of examples. The book covers specific syntactic universals and the nature of syntactic change. It reviews the language-learning mechanisms required to acquire an existing linguistic system (accurately and to impose further structure on an emerging system) and the evolution of language(s) in relation to this learning mechanism.
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Table of Contents1. Introduction Ted Briscoe; 2. Learned systems of arbitrary reference: the foundation of human linguistic uniqueness Michael Oliphant; 3. Bootstrapping grounded word semantics Luc Steels; 4. Linguistic structure and the evolution of words Robert Worden; 5. The negotiation and acquisition of recursive grammars as a result of competition among exemplars John Batali; 6. Learning, bottlenecks and the evolution of recursive syntax Simon Kirby; 7. Theories of cultural evolution and their application to language change Partha Niyogi; 8. The learning guided evolution of natural language William J. Turkel; 9. Grammatical acquisition and linguistic selection Ted Briscoe; 10. Expression/induction models of language evolution: dimensions and issues James R. Hurford.
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