Language and Species
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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 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
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $32.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/15/1992
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
|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|