Cognition and Communication in the Evolution of Language by Anne ReboulCognition and Communication in the Evolution of Language by Anne Reboul

Cognition and Communication in the Evolution of Language

byAnne Reboul

Hardcover | April 15, 2017

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This book proposes a new two-step approach to the evolution of language, whereby syntax first evolved as an auto-organizational process for the human conceptual apparatus (as a Language of Thought), and this Language of Thought was then externalized for communication, due to social selectionpressures. Anne Reboul first argues that despite the routine use of language in communication, current use is not a failsafe guide to adaptive history. She points out that human cognition is as unique in nature as is language as a communication system, suggesting deep links between human thought andlanguage. If language is seen as a communication system, then the specificities of language, its hierarchical syntax, its creativity, and the ability to use it to talk about absent objects, are a mystery. This book shows that approaching language as a system for thought overcomes these problems, andprovides a detailed account of both steps in the evolution of language: its evolution for thought and its externalization for communication.
Anne Reboul has a Ph.D in linguistics from EHESS, Paris, and a Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Geneva. She is Senior Researcher at CNRS and co-director of the Institute for Cognitive Sciences-Marc Jeannerod in Lyon. She is interested in pragmatics, language evolution, and artistic practices, and is currently working in experi...
Title:Cognition and Communication in the Evolution of LanguageFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:April 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198747314

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The need for a dual account of language evolution3. The specificify of the human conceptual apparatus4. Merge and the lexicalization of concepts5. A mildly Machiavellian view of communication and the Argumentative Theory of Reasoning6. Conclusion