Language and Species
By (author) Derek Bickerton
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Language and Species by Derek Bickerton
Book 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" Derek Bickerton is professor of linguistics at the University of Hawaii and is the author of several books including "Roots of Language".
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226046112
(225mm x 153mm x 20mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1992
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Derek Bickerton
More Than Nature Needs, Hardback (January 2014)
How did humans acquire cognition more powerful than a hunting-gathering primate needed to survive? Combining research with forty years of writing about language evolution, the author resolves a crucial problem that both biology and cognitive science have ignored: how animal thinking escaped the prison of the here and now.
Adam's Tongue, Paperback (March 2010)
How language evolved has been called 'the hardest problem in science'. Taking cues from topics as diverse as the foraging strategies of ants, the distribution of large prehistoric herbivores, and the construction of ecological niches, the author produces a fresh alternative to the conventional wisdom.
Biological Foundations and Origin of Syntax, Hardback (January 2010)
Interdisciplinary perspectives on the evolutionary and biological roots of syntax, describing current research on syntax in fields ranging from linguistics to neurology.
Dynamics of a Creole System, Paperback (April 2009)» View all books by Derek Bickerton
In this volume the author describes and systematically accounts for language variation in a Creole-speaking community.
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Author Biography - Derek Bickerton
Derek Bickerton is professor emeritus of linguistics at the University of Hawaii and is the author of several books, including "Roots of Language."
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