Language Evolution by Morten H. ChristiansenLanguage Evolution by Morten H. Christiansen

Language Evolution

EditorMorten H. Christiansen, Simon Kirby

Paperback | August 7, 2003

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The leading scholars in the rapidly growing field of language evolution give readable accounts of their theories on the origins of language and reflect on the most important current issues and debates. As well as providing a guide to their own published research in this area they highlight what they see as the most relevant research of others. The authors come from a wide range of disciplines involved in language evolution including linguistics, cognitive science, computational science, primatology, and archaeology.
Morten H. Christiansen is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Cornell University. He is co-editor of Connectionist Psycholinguistics published by Ablex in 2001. Simon Kirby is a British Academy Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh: his book, Function, Selection, and Innateness was published by OUP in 1999.
Title:Language EvolutionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.89 inPublished:August 7, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Morten H. Christiansen and Simon Kirby: Language Evolution: The Hardest Problem in Science?2. Steven Pinker: Language as an Adaptation to the Cognitive Niche3. James Hurford: The Language Mosaic and its Evolution4. Frederick J. Newmeyer: What can the Field of Linguistics Tell Us About the Origins of Language?5. Derek Bickerton: Symbol and Structure: A Comprehensive Framework for Language Evolution6. Michael Tomasello: On the Different Origins of Symbols and Grammar7. Terrence W. Deacon: Universal Grammar and Semiotic Constraints8. Iain Davidson: The Archaeological Evidence of Language Origins: States of the Art9. Marc D. Hauser and W. Tecumseh Fitch: What are the Uniquely Human Components of the Language Faculty?10. Michael A. Arbib: The Evolving Mirror System: A Neural Basis for Language Readiness11. Michael C. Corballis: From Hand to Mouth: the Gestural Origins of Language12. Robin I. M. Dunbar: The Origin and Subsequent Evolution of Language13. Michael Studdert-Kennedy and Louis Goldstein: Launching Language: the Gestural Origin of Discrete Infinity14. Philip Lieberman: Motor Control, Speech, and the Evolution of Human Language15. Simon Kirby and Morten H. Christiansen: From Language Learning to Language Evolution16. Ted Briscoe: Grammatical Assimilation17. Natalia L. Komarova and Martin A. Nowak: Language, Learning, and Evolution

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