The Transition to Language / Edition 1

The Transition to Language / Edition 1

by Rafael C. Gonzalez, International Conference on the Evolutio
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199250669

ISBN-13: 9780199250660

Pub. Date: 05/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Linguists, biological anthropologists, and cognitive scientists come together in this book to explore the origins and early evolution of phonology, syntax, and semantics. They consider the nature of pre- and proto-linguistic communication, the internal and external triggers that led to its transformation into language, and whether and how language may be considered

Overview

Linguists, biological anthropologists, and cognitive scientists come together in this book to explore the origins and early evolution of phonology, syntax, and semantics. They consider the nature of pre- and proto-linguistic communication, the internal and external triggers that led to its transformation into language, and whether and how language may be considered to have evolved after its inception. Evidence is drawn from many domains, including computer simulations of language emergence, the songs of finches, problem-solving abilities in monkeys, sign language, and the structure of languages today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199250660
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Series:
Studies in the Evolution of Language
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Evolving Field of Language Evolution, Alison Wray
Part I: Making Ready for Language: Necessary, But Not Sufficient
2. Comparative Vocal Production and the Evolution of Speech: Reinterpreting the Descent of the Larynx, W. Tecumseh Fitch
3. Sexual Display as a Syntactic Vehicle: The Evolution of Syntax in Birdsong and Human Language through Sexual Selection, Kazuo Okanoya
4. Serial Expertise and the Evolution of Language, H. S. Terrace
Part II: Internal Triggers to Transition: Genes, Processing, Culture, Gesture, and Technology
5. Protocadherin XY: A Candidate Gene for Cerebral Asymmetry and Language, T. J. Crow
6. Dual Processing in Protolanguage: Performance Without Competence, Alison Wray
7. Language and Revolutionary Consciousness, Chris Knight
8. Did Language Evolve from Manual Gestures?, Michael C. Corballis
9. The 'Finished Artefact Fallacy': Acheulean Handaxes and Language Origins, Iain Davidson
Part III: External Triggers to Transition: Environment, Population, and Social Context
10. Foraging Versus Social Intelligence in the Evolution of Protolanguage, Derek Bickerton
11. Methodological Issues in Simulating the Emergence of Language, Bradley Tonkes and Janet Wiles
12. Crucial Factors in the Origins of Word-Meaning, L. Steels, F. Kaplan, A. McIntyre, and J. Van Looveren
13. Constraints on Communities with Indigenous Sign Languages: Clues to the Dynamics of Language Origins, Sonia Ragir
Part IV: The Onward Journey: Determining the Shape of Language
14. The Slow Growth of Language in Children, Robbins Burling
15. The Roles of Expression and Representation in Language Evolution, James R. Hurford
16. Linguistic Adaptation Without Linguistic Constraints: The Role of Sequential Learning in Language Evolution, Morten H. Christiansen and Michelle R. Ellefson
17. Uniformitarian Assumptions and Language Evolution Research, Frederick J. Newmeyer
18. On the Evolution of Grammatical Forms, Bernd Heine and Tania Kuteva

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