Language Origins: Perspectives On Evolution

Paperback | October 26, 2005

EditorMaggie Tallerman

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This book addresses central questions in the evolution of language: where it came from; how it relates to primate communication; how and why it evolved; how it came to be culturally transmitted; and how languages diversified. The chapters are written from the perspective of the latest work inlinguistics, neuroscience, psychology, and computer science, and reflect the idea that various cognitive, physical, neurological, social, and cultural prerequisites led to the development of full human language. Some of these evolutionary changes were preadaptations for language, while others wereadaptive changes allowing the development of particular linguistic characteristics. The authors consider a broad spectrum of ideas about the conditions that led to the evolution of protolanguage and full language. Some examine changes that occurred in the course of evolution to Homo sapiens; othersconsider how languages themselves have adapted by evolving to be learnable. Some chapters look at the workings of the brain, and others deploy sophisticated computer simulations that model such aspects as the emergence of speech sounds and the development of grammar. All make use of the latestmethods and theories to probe into the origins and subsequent development of the only species that has language. The book will interest a wide range of linguists, cognitive scientists, biologists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and experts in artificial intelligence, as well as all those fascinated by issues, puzzles, and problems raised by the evolution of language.

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This book addresses central questions in the evolution of language: where it came from; how it relates to primate communication; how and why it evolved; how it came to be culturally transmitted; and how languages diversified. The chapters are written from the perspective of the latest work inlinguistics, neuroscience, psychology, and c...

Maggie Tallerman is Reader in Linguistics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. She has spent her professional life in North East England, having previously taught for 21 years at the University of Durham. Her research interests centre on the origins and evolution of syntax and morphology; modern Brythonic Celtic syntax and morpho...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.09 inPublished:October 26, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. IntroductionPART I Evolution of Speech and Speech Sounds: How did spoken language emerge?Michael Studdert-Kennedy: Introduction to Part I: How did links between perception and production emerge for spoken language?2. Michael Arbib: The Mirror System Hypothesis: How did protolanguage evolve?3. Michael Studdert-Kennedy: How Did Language go Discrete?4. Pierre-Yves Oudeyer: From Holistic to Discrete Speech Sounds: The blind snowflake maker hypothesis5. Bart de Boer: Infant-Directed Speech and Evolution of LanguagePART II Evolution of Grammar: How did syntax and morphology emerge?Maggie Tallerman: Introduction to Part II: Protolanguage and the Development of Complexity6. Maggie Tallerman: Initial Syntax and Modern Syntax: Did the clause evolve from the syllable?7. Dana McDaniel: The Potential Role of Production in the Evolution of Syntax8. Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy: The Evolutionary Origin of Morphology9. Bernard Comrie and Tania Kuteva: The Evolution of Grammatical Structures and 'Functional Need' Explanations10. Bradley Franks and Kate Rigby: Deception and Mate Selection: Some implications for relevance and the evolution of languagePART III Analogous and Homologous Traits: What can we learn from other species?Alison Wray: Introductin to Part III: The Broadening Scope of Animal Communication Research11. Irene Maxine Pepperberg: An Avian Perspective on Language Evolution: Implications of simultaneous development of vocal and physical object combinations by a Grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus)12. Klaus Zuberbuhler: Linguistic Prerequisites in the Primate LineagePART IV Learnability and Diversity: How did languages emerge and diverge?James Hurford: Introduction to Part IV: Computer Modelling Widens the Focus of Language Study13. Henry Brighton, Simon Kirby, and Kenny Smith: Cultural Selection for Learnability: Three principles underlying the view that language adapts to be learnable14. Ted Briscoe: Coevolution of the Language Faculty and Language(s) With Decorrelated Encodings15. Matthew Roberts, Luca Onnis, and Nick Chater: Acquisition and Evolution of Quasi-regular Languages: Two puzzles for the price of one16. Zach Solan, Eytan Ruppin, David Horn, and Shimon Edelman: Evolution of Language Diversity: Why fitness counts17. Andrew D. M. Smith: Mutual Exclusivity: Communicative success despite conceptual divergence