The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution

Paperback | August 26, 2013

EditorMaggie Tallerman, Kathleen R. Gibson

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In The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution, sixty leading scholars present critical accounts of every aspect of the field. Its five parts are devoted to insights from comparative animal behaviour; the biology of language evolution; the prehistory of language; the development of a linguisticspecies; and language creation, transmission, and change. Research on language evolution has burgeoned over the last three decades. Interdisciplinary activity has produced fundamental advances in the understanding of language evolution and in the evolution of human and animal communication more generally. This book presents a wide-ranging summation of workin all the disciplines involved. It highlights the links between different lines of research, shows what has been achieved, and considers promising directions for the future. The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution will be valued by everyone interested in one of the most productive and fascinating fields in natural and cognitive science.

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In The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution, sixty leading scholars present critical accounts of every aspect of the field. Its five parts are devoted to insights from comparative animal behaviour; the biology of language evolution; the prehistory of language; the development of a linguisticspecies; and language creation, transmission...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:800 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:August 26, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Maggie Tallerman and Kathleen R. Gibson: Introduction: The evolution of languagePart 1: Insights From Comparative Animal Behaviour2. Kathleen R. Gibson and Maggie Tallerman: Introduction to Part 1: Insights from comparative animal behaviour3. Kathleen R. Gibson: Language or Protolanguage? A review of the ape language literature4. Robert M. Seyfarth and Dorothy L. Cheney: Primate Social Cognition as a Precursor to Language5. Klaus Zuberbuhler: Cooperative Breeding and the Evolution of Vocal Flexibility6. Frans B. M. de Waal and Amy S. Pollick: Gesture as the Most Flexible Modality of Primate Communication7. Katie Slocombe: Have we Underestimated Great Ape Vocal Capacities?8. Peter Slater: Bird Song and Language9. Vincent M. Janik: Vocal Communication and Cognition in Cetaceans10. Irene M. Pepperberg: Evolution of Communication and Language: Insights from parrots and songbirds11. Kathleen R. Gibson: Are Other Animals as Smart as Great Apes? Do Others Provide Better Models for the Evolution of Speech or Language?Part 2: The Biology of Language Evolution: Anatomy, Genetics, and Neurology12. Kathleen R. Gibson and Maggie Tallerman: Introduction to Part 2: The Biology of Language Evolution: Anatomy, genetics, and neurology13. W. Tecumseh Fitch: Innateness and Human Language: A biological perspective14. Szabolcs Szamado and Eors Szathmary: Evolutionary Biological Foundations of the Origin of Language: The co-evolution of language and brain15. Karl C. Diller and Rebecca L. Cann: Genetic Influences on Languaeg Evolution: An evaluation of the evidence16. Kathleen R. Gibson: Not the Neocortex Alone: Other brain structures also contribute to speech and language17. Merlin Donald: The Mimetic Origins of Language18. William D. Hopkins and Jacques Vauclair: Evolution of Behavioural and Brain Asymmetries in Primates19. Wendy K. Wilkins: Toward an Evolutionary Biology of Language Through Comparative Neuroanatomy20. Michael A. Arbib: Mirror Systems: Evolving imitation and the bridge from praxis to language21. Frederick L. Coolidge and Thomas Wynn: Cognitive Prerequisites for the Evolution of Indirect Speech22. Ann MacLarnon: The Anatomical and Physiological Basis of Human Speech production: Adaptations and exaptationsPart 3: The Pre-history of Language: When and Why Did Language Evolve?23. Kathleen R. Gibson and Maggie Tallerman: Introduction to Part 3: The pre-history of Language: When and why did language evolve?24. Rebecca L. Cann: Molecular Perspectives on Human Evolution25. Bernard A. Wood and Amy L. Bauernfeind: The Fossil Record: Evidence for speech in early hominins26. Alan Mann: The Genus Homo and the Origins of 'Humanness'27. Thomas Wynn: The Palaeolithic Record28. Steven Mithen: Musicality and Language29. Francesco d'Errico and Marian Vanhaeren: Linguistic Implications of the Earliest Personal Ornaments30. Rudolf Botha: Inferring Modern Language From Ancient Objects31. David Lightfoot: Natural Selection-itis32. Dean Falk: The Role of Honimim Mothers and Infants in Prelinguistic Evolution33. Bart de Boer: Infant-directed Speech and Language Evolution34. John L. Locke: Displays of Vocal and Verbal Complexity: A fitness account of language, situated in development35. Kathleen R. Gibson: Tool-dependent Foraging Strategies and the Origin of Language36. Robin I. M. Dunbar: Gossip and the Social Origins of Langauge37. Chris Knight and Camilla Power: Social Conditions for teh Evolutionary Emergence of LanguagePart 4: Launching Language: The Development of a Linguistic Species38. Maggie Tallerman and Kathleen R. Gibson: Introduction to Part 4: Launching Language: The development of a linguistic species39. Stephen R. Anderson: The Role of Evolution in Shaping the Human Language Faculty40. James R. Hurford: The Origins of Meaning41. Michael C. Corballis: The Origins of Language in Manual Gestures42. Stevan Harnad: From Sensorimotor Categories and Pantomime to Grounded Symbols and Propositions43. Terrence W. Deacon: The Symbol Concept44. Robbins Burling: Words Came First: Adaptations for word-learning45. Michael Studdert-Kennedy: The Emergence of Phonetic Form46. Peter F. MacNeilage: The Evolution of Phonology47. Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy: The Evolution of Morphology48. Maggie Tallerman: What is Syntax?49. Derek Bickerton: The Origins of Syntactic Language50. Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy: The Evolutionary Relevance of More and Less Complex Forms of Language51. Maggie Tallerman: Protolanguage52. Cedric Boeckx: The Emergence of Language, From a Biolinguistic Point of ViewPart 5: Language Change, Creation, and Transmission53. Maggie Tallerman and Kathleen R. Gibson: Introduction to Part 5: Language Change, Creation, and Transmission54. Bernd heine and Tania Kuteva: Grammaticalization Theory as a Tool for Reconstructing Language Evolution55. Joan Bybee: Domain-general Processes as the Basis for Grammar56. Paul T. Roberge: Pidgins, Creoles, and the Creation of Language57. Susan Goldin-Meadow: What Modern-day Gesture can tell us About Language Evolution58. Johanna Nichols: Monogenesis or Polygenesis: A single ancestral language for all humanity?59. Brigitte Pakendorf: Prehistoric Population Contact and Language Change60. Kenny Smith: Why Formal Models are Useful for Evolutionary Linguists61. Simon Kirby: Language is an Adaptive System: The role of cultural evolution in the origins of structure62. Angelo Cangelosi: Robotics and Embodied Agents Modelling of the Evolution of Language63. Bart de Boer: Self-organization and Language Evolution64. Katharing Graf Estes: Statistical Learning and Language Acquisition65. Nick Chater and Morten H. Christiansen: A Solution of the Logical Problem of Language Evolution: Language as an adaptation to the human brain