How the Brain Evolved Language

Paperback | March 15, 2002

byDonald Loritz

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How can an infinite number of sentences be generated from one human mind? How did language evolve in apes? In this book Donald Loritz addresses these and other fundamental and vexing questions about language, cognition, and the human brain. He starts by tracing how evolution and naturaladaptation selected certain features of the brain to perform communication functions, then shows how those features developed into designs for human language. The result -- what Loritz calls an adaptive grammar -- gives a unified explanation of language in the brain and contradicts directly (andcontroversially) the theory of innateness proposed by, among others, Chomsky and Pinker.

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How can an infinite number of sentences be generated from one human mind? How did language evolve in apes? In this book Donald Loritz addresses these and other fundamental and vexing questions about language, cognition, and the human brain. He starts by tracing how evolution and naturaladaptation selected certain features of the brain ...

Donald Loritz is at Georgetown University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 5.98 × 9.21 × 0.59 inPublished:March 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195151240

ISBN - 13:9780195151244

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Table of Contents

1. Lought and Thanguage2. Jones' Theory of Evolution3. The Communicating Cell4. The Society of Brain5. Adaptive Resonance6. Speech and Hearing7. Speech Perception8. One, Two, Three9. Romiet and Juleo10. Null Movement11. Truth and Consequences12. What if Language is Learned by Brain CellsNotesBibliographyIndex

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"How the brain evolved language is written in an engagingly chatty style that aids comprehension of the highly technical matter that it covers. Anyone interested in how connectionism might be applied to diverse aspects of language, ranging from phonemic distinctiveness to the particle movementconstruction, will find the book very useful."--Book Notices