Approaches to the Evolution of Language

Approaches to the Evolution of Language PDF Author: James R. Hurford
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521639644
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 460

Book Description
This book considers language within the framework of modern evolutionary theory, emphasising its social bases.

The Origins of Grammar

The Origins of Grammar PDF Author: James R. Hurford
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199207879
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 808

Book Description
The second in James Hurford's acclaimed two-volume exploration of the biological evolution of language explores the evolutionary and cultural preconditions and consequences of humanity's great leap into language.

The Evolutionary Emergence of Language

The Evolutionary Emergence of Language PDF Author: Chris Knight
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521786966
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 444

Book Description
This book covers the origins of language, combining social and natural science perspectives.

The Evolution of Language

The Evolution of Language PDF Author: W. Tecumseh Fitch
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 052185993X
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 625

Book Description
This book brings together the most important insights from the vast amount of literature on the origin of language.

Language Origins

Language Origins PDF Author: Maggie Tallerman
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191557439
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 448

Book Description
This book addresses central questions in the evolution of language: where it came from; how it relates to primate communication; 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 protolanguage and full language. Some examine changes that occurred in the course of evolution to Homo sapiens; others consider how languages themselves have adapted by evolving to be learnable. Some chapters look at the workings of the brain, and others deploy sophisticated computer simulations that model such aspects as the emergence of speech sounds and the development of grammar. All make use of the latest methods and theories to probe into the origins and subsequent development of the only species that has 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 issues, puzzles, and problems raised by the evolution of language.

Language, Evolution, and the Brain

Language, Evolution, and the Brain PDF Author: James W. MINETTinett
Publisher: City University of HK Press
ISBN: 9629371650
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 323

Book Description
A number of research groups around the world have begun to study how the brain acquires and processes language, but we still know comparatively little about it. Many such groups work on very specific, often narrow, problems. This approach is certainly necessary, but a broad perspective can be helpful, if not essential, too. This volume consists of an important collection of papers presented at the Seminar on Language, Evolution, and the Brain (SLEB), hosted by the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Kyoto, Japan, bringing together distinguished researchers with background in cognitive science, anthropology, linguistics, robotics, physics, etc. Major topics discussed here include: Creoles and pidgins, and their implications regarding language evolution. Quantitative analysis and modeling of various aspects of language evolution, including the evolution of lexical items and color terms, the emergence of linguistics categories, and the dynamics of language competition. The evolution of the human brain, and how that relates to language evolution. The evolution and the role of mirror neurons in both humans and non-humans. Evidence that the influence of language on color perception (an example of the Whorf Effect) is stronger for the right visual field than the left. This volume provides a multi-faceted discussion of how language evolves and shapes the brain that may entice university students and researchers to delve into this field with more background and curiosity.

The Origin of Language

The Origin of Language PDF Author: Merritt Ruhlen
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 9780471159636
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 258

Book Description
"Ruhlen is a leader in the new attempt to unify the theory of language development and diffusion."––Library Journal "A powerful statement...also a wonderfully clear exposition of linguistic thinking about prehistory."––Anthropological Science One of the world's foremost language researchers takes readers step-by-step through the hotly contested evidence that all modern languages derive from one "mother tongue" once spoken by primitive humans in Africa. With The Origin of Language, Merritt Ruhlen makes this fascinating science accessible to readers with no linguistic background. MERRITT RUHLEN, PhD (Palo Alto, California) is the author of A Guide to the World's Languages

Unravelling the Evolution of Language

Unravelling the Evolution of Language PDF Author: Rudolf P. Botha
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004487204
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 256

Book Description
What blocks the way to a better understanding of language evolution, it is widely held, is above all a paucity of factual evidence. Not so, argues Unravelling the Evolution of Language. This book finds the main obstacle, instead, in a poverty of a specific kind of theory—restrictive theory. It shows, too, that this poverty of restrictive theory is one of the root causes of the paucity of factual evidence. "Unravelling"...takes it that a theory of a thing T—for example, language—is restrictive if it gives us a basis for distinguishing T in a non-arbitrary way from all things that are in fact distinct from it, including those that happen to be related to it. The book then argues in detail that much of the recent work on language evolution proceeds from loose assumptions, rather than restrictive theories, about a number of crucial "things": The entities, prelinguistic or linguistic, that are believed to have undergone evolution; the processes by which these entities are believed to have evolved; the ways in which these (pre)linguistic entities link up with entities that are believed to be correlates of them; the sources of data that are believed to yield indirect evidence about the evolution of language; and the factors that add to or subtract from the scientific substance of accounts of language evolution. In support of its main argument, Unravelling the Evolution of Language puts forward detailed analyses of various recent accounts of language evolution, including co-optationist accounts by Noam Chomsky, Stephen Jay Gould, Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini and Lyle Jenkins preadaptationist accounts by Philip Lieberman, Wendy Wilkins, Jenny Wakefield, Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy, William Calvin and Derek Bickerton adaptationist accounts by Steven Pinker, Paul Bloom and others. This means that Unravelling...as it builds its main argument, also offers an appraisal of some significant contributions to recent work on language evolution.

The Evolution of Language

The Evolution of Language PDF Author: Erica A. Cartmill
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company Incorporated
ISBN: 9789814603621
Category : Computers
Languages : en
Pages : 570

Book Description
This volume comprises refereed papers and abstracts of the 10th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (EVOLANGX), held in Vienna on 14 17th April 2014. As the leading international conference in the field, the biennial EVOLANG meeting is characterised by an invigorating, multidisciplinary approach to the origins and evolution of human language, and brings together researchers from many subject areas, including anthropology, archaeology, biology, cognitive science, computer science, genetics, linguistics, neuroscience, palaeontology, primatology and psychology. For this 10th conference, the proceedings will include a special perspectives section featuring prominent researchers reflecting on the history of the conference and its impact on the field of language evolution since the inaugural EVOLANG conference in 1996.

The Evolution of Language

The Evolution of Language PDF Author: Andrew D. M. Smith
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814295213
Category : Computers
Languages : en
Pages : 553

Book Description
This volume comprises refereed papers and abstracts of the 8th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (EVOLANG8), held in Utrecht on 1417 April 2010. As the leading international conference in the field, the biennial EVOLANG meeting is characterized by an invigorating, multidisciplinary approach to the origins and evolution of human language, and brings together researchers from many subject areas, including anthropology, archaeology, biology, cognitive science, computer science, genetics, linguistics, neuroscience, palaeontology, primatology and psychology. The latest theoretical, experimental and modelling research on language evolution is presented in this collection, including contributions from many leading scientists in the field.
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