Language and Species

ISBN-10: 0226046117
ISBN-13: 9780226046112
Edition: N/A
Authors: Derek Bickerton
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/15/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 305
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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

Preface
Introduction
The Continuity Paradox
Language as Representation: The Atlas
Language as Representation: The Itineraries
The Origins of Representational Systems
The Fossils of Language
The World of the Protolanguage
From Protolanguage to Language
Mind, Consciousness, and Knowledge
The Nature of the Species
Epilogue
Notes
References
Index

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