Nature and Origin of Language by Denis BouchardNature and Origin of Language by Denis Bouchard

Nature and Origin of Language

byDenis Bouchard

Paperback | October 23, 2013

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This book looks at how the human brain got the capacity for language and how language then evolved. Its four parts are concerned with different views on the emergence of language, with what language is, how it evolved in the human brain, and finally how this process led to the properties oflanguage. Part I considers the main approaches to the subject and how far language evolved culturally or genetically. Part II argues that language is a system of signs and considers how these elements first came together in the brain. Part III examines the evidence for brain mechanisms to allow theformation of signs. Part IV shows how the book's explanation of language origins and evolution is not only consistent with the complex properties of languages but provides the basis for a theory of syntax that offers insights into the learnability of language and to the nature of constructions thathave defied decades of linguistic analysis, including including subject-verb inversion in questions, existential constructions, and long-distance dependencies. Denis Bouchard's outstandingly original account will interest linguists of all persuasions as well as cognitive scientists and others interested in the evolution of language.
Denis Bouchard is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Quebec in Montreal. His publications include The Semantics of Syntax (University of Chicago Press, 1995), On the Content of Empty Categories (Foris Publications, 1984), and Adjectives, Number and Interfaces (Elsevier Science, 2002).
Title:Nature and Origin of LanguageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pagesPublished:October 23, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199681635

ISBN - 13:9780199681631

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Table of Contents

Part I The emergence of language1. Scenarios for the emergence of languagePart II What is language that it could have evolved?2. Language facts and theory3. The Sign Theory of LanguagePart III The Origin of language from neurons to signs4. The neurogenetic factors: Offline Brain Systems5. The Emergence of Linguistic Signs6. Self-organizing constraints due to building materials7. The protolanguage hypothesisPart IV Explaining the properties of language8. Combinatorial signs and Universal Grammar9. How signs account for some complex properties of language10. In the beginning was the signBibliographyIndex