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Language and Species presents the most detailed and well-documented scenario to date of the origins of language. Drawing on "living linguistic fossils" such as "ape talk," the "two-word" stage of small children, and pidgin languages, and on recent discoveries in paleoanthropology, Bickerton shows how a primitive "protolanguage" could have offered Homo erectus a novel ecological niche. He goes on to demonstrate how this protolanguage could have developed into the languages we speak today.

"You are drawn into [Bickerton's] appreciation of the dominant role language plays not only in what we say, but in what we think and, therefore, what we are."—Robert Wright, New York Times Book Review

"The evolution of language is a fascinating topic, and Bickerton's Language and Species is the best introduction we have."—John C. Marshall, Nature

Synopsis:

Language and Species presents the most detailed and well-documented scenario to date of the origins of language.

About the Author

Derek Bickerton is professor emeritus of linguistics at the University of Hawaii and is the author of several books, including Roots of Language.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1. The Continuity Paradox

2. Language as Representation: The Atlas

3. Language as Representation: The Itineraries

4. The Origins of Representational Systems

5. The Fossils of Language

6. The World of the Protolanguage

7. From Protolanguage to Language

8. Mind, Consciousness, and Knowledge

9. The Nature of the Species

Epilogue

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226046112
Author:
Bickerton, D.
Author:
Bickerton, Derek
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
English
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Language arts
Subject:
Human evolution
Subject:
Language and languages
Subject:
Language and languages -- Origin.
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19920431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 line drawings
Pages:
305
Dimensions:
8.88 x 5.75 in

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