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Birdsong, Speech, and Language Exploring the Evolution of Mind and Brain

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ISBN-10: 0262018608

ISBN-13: 9780262018609

Edition: 2013

Authors: Johan J. Bolhuis, Martin Everaert, Robert C. Berwick, Noam Chomsky

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Scholars have long been captivated by the parallels between birdsong and human speechand language. In this book, leading scholars draw on the latest research to explore what birdsongcan tell us about the biology of human speech and language and the consequences for evolutionarybiology. They examine the cognitive and neural similarities between birdsong learning and speech andlanguage acquisition, considering vocal imitation, auditory learning, an early vocalization phase("babbling"), the structural properties of birdsong and human language, and the strikingsimilarities between the neural organization of learning and vocal production in birdsong and humanspeech. After outlining the basic…    
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Book details

List price: $52.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 3/22/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 560
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics and philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the author of more than 80 books. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Foreword: A Bird's-Eye View of Human Language and Evolution
The Design Principles of Natural Language
Evolution, Memory, and the Nature of Syntactic Representation
Convergence and Deep Homology in the Evolution of Spoken Language
Evolution of Brain Pathways for Vocal Learning in Birds and Humans
Acquisition of Birdsong and Speech
Behavioral Similarities between Birdsong and Spoken Language
Parametric Variation: Language and Birdsong
Vocal Culture in Songbirds: An Experimental Approach to Cultural Evolution
Acquisition of Linguistic Categories: Cross-Domain Convergences
Phonology and Syntax
Structure in Human Phonology and in Birdsong: A Phonologist's Perspective
Recursivity of Language: What Can Birds Tell Us about It?
Finite-State Song Syntax in Bengalese Finches: Sensorimotor Evidence, Developmental Processes, and Formal Procedures for Syntax Extraction
Analyzing the Structure of Bird Vocalizations and Language: Finding Common Ground
Phonological Awareness in Grey Parrots: Creation of New Labels from Existing Vocalizations
Neurobiology of Song and Speech
The Neural Basis of Links and Dissociations between Speech Perception and Production
Neural Mechanisms of Auditory Learning and Memory in Songbirds and Mammals
Age Effects in Language Acquisition and Attrition
A "Birdsong Perspective" on Human Speech Production
Neural Mechanisms Underlying the Generation of Birdsong: A Modular Sequential Behavior
Auditory-Vocal Mirror Neurons for Learned Vocal Communication
Peripheral Mechanisms of Vocalization in Birds: A Comparison with Human Speech
Genes, Song, Speech, and Language
Building Bridges between Genes, Brains, and Language
A Bird's-Eye View of FoxP2
Genetic Basis of Language: Insights from Developmental Dyslexia
Evolution of Song, Speech, and Language
Musical Protolanguage: Darwin's Theory of Language Evolution Revisited
Birdsong as a Model for Studying Factors and Mechanisms Affecting Signal Evolution
Evolution of Vocal Communication: An Avian Model
List of Contributors