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Approaches to the Evolution of Language

Approaches to the Evolution of Language
Social and Cognitive Bases

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Michael Studdert-Kennedy, Chris Knight, James R. Hurford, Jean Aitchison, Ib Ulbaek, Merlin Donald, Robin Dunbar, Camilla Power, Jean-Louis Dessalles, Robert Worden, Mária Ujhelyi, John F. Locke, Peter MacNeilage, Björn Lindblom, Klaus J. Kohler, Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy, Frederick J. Newmeyer, Robert C. Berwick, Derek Bickerton, Simon Kirby, Luc Steels, John Batali
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  • Date Published: September 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521639644

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  • This is one of the first systematic attempts to bring language within the neo-Darwinian framework of modern evolutionary theory, without abandoning the vast gains in phonology and syntax achieved by formal linguistics over the past forty years. The contributors, linguists, psychologists, and paleoanthropologists, address such questions as: what is language as a category of behavior; is it an instrument of thought or of communication; what do individuals know when they know a language; what cognitive, perceptual, and motor capacities must they have to speak, hear, and understand a language? For the past two centuries, scientists have tended to see language function as largely concerned with the exchange of practical information. By contrast, this volume takes as its starting point the view of human intelligence as social, and of language as a device for forming alliances, in exploring the origins of the sound patterns and formal structures that characterize language.

    • This is the first book of its kind, giving an integrated, neo-Darwinian view of the social and cognitive bases of language evolution
    • The contributors are mainly linguists and psychologists directly concerned with language and its evolution
    • The emphasis is on empirical rigor rather than lofty speculation
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    • Date Published: September 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521639644
    • length: 456 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 10 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Michael Studdert-Kennedy, Chris Knight, and James R. Hurford
    Part I. Grounding Language Function in Social Cognition:
    1. Introduction: Grounding language function in social cognition Chris Knight
    2. On discontinuing the continuity-discontinuity debate Jean Aitchison
    3. The origin of language and cognition Ib Ulbaek
    4. Mimesis and the executive suite: missing links in language evolution Merlin Donald
    5. Ritual/speech co-evolution: a 'selfish gene' solution to the problem of deception Chris Knight
    6. Theory of mind and the evolution of language Robin Dunbar
    7. Old wives' tales: the gossip hypothesis and the reliability of cheap signals Camilla Power
    8. Altruism, status, and the origin of relevance Jean-Louis Dessalles
    9. The evolution of language from social intelligence Robert Worden
    Part II. The Emergence of Phonology:
    10. Introduction: the emergence of phonology Michael Studdert-Kennedy
    11. Long call structure in apes as a possible precursor for language Mária Ujhelyi
    12. Social sound-making as a precursor to spoken language John F. Locke
    13. The particulate origins of language generativity: from syllable to gesture Michael Studdert-Kennedy
    14. Evolution of the mechanisms of language output: comparative neurobiology of vocal and manual communication Peter MacNeilage
    15. Systemic constraints and adaptive change in the formation of sound structure Björn Lindblom
    16. The development of sound systems in human language Klaus J. Kohler
    17. Synonymy avoidance, phonology and the origin of syntax Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy
    Part III. The Emergence of Syntax:
    18. Introduction: the emergence of syntax James R. Hurford
    19. On the supposed 'counterfunctionality' of universal grammar: some evolutionary implications Frederick J. Newmeyer
    20. Language evolution and the minimalist program: the origins of syntax Robert C. Berwick
    21. Catastrophic evolution: the case for a single step from protolanguage to full human language Derek Bickerton
    22. Fitness and the selective adaptation of language Simon Kirby
    23. Synthesizing the origins of language and meaning using co-evolution, self-organization and level formation Luc Steels
    24. Computational simulations of the emergence of grammar John Batali.

  • Editors

    James R. Hurford, University of Edinburgh

    Michael Studdert-Kennedy, Haskins Laboratories, New Haven

    Chris Knight, University of East London

    Contributors

    Michael Studdert-Kennedy, Chris Knight, James R. Hurford, Jean Aitchison, Ib Ulbaek, Merlin Donald, Robin Dunbar, Camilla Power, Jean-Louis Dessalles, Robert Worden, Mária Ujhelyi, John F. Locke, Peter MacNeilage, Björn Lindblom, Klaus J. Kohler, Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy, Frederick J. Newmeyer, Robert C. Berwick, Derek Bickerton, Simon Kirby, Luc Steels, John Batali

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