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Fitch, W. Tecumseh

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Works: 18 works in 39 publications in 1 language and 1,004 library holdings
Genres: Conference proceedings 
Roles: Editor
Classifications: P116, 417.7
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Most widely held works by W. Tecumseh Fitch
The evolution of language by W. Tecumseh Fitch ( Book )
16 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 869 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Language, more than anything else, is what makes us human. It appears that no communication system of equivalent power exists elsewhere in the animal kingdom. Any normal human child will learn a language based on rather sparse data in the surrounding world, while even the brightest chimpanzee, exposed to the same environment, will not. Why not? How, and why, did language evolve in our species and not in others?" "Since Darwin's theory of evolution, questions about the origin of language have generated a rapidly growing scientific literature, stretched across a number of disciplines, much of it directed at specialist audiences. The diversity of perspectives - from linguistics, anthropology, speech science, genetics, neuroscience, and evolutionary biology - can be bewildering. Covering diverse and fascinating topics, from Kaspar Hauser to Clever Hans, Tecumseh Fitch provides a clear and comprehensible guide to this vast literature, bringing together its most important insights to explore one of the biggest unsolved puzzles of human history."--BOOK JACKET
Why do we talk? ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Speech and language differentiate us from all other animal species yet how we learn to speak is still largely unknown. This fascinating documentary looks at a variety of research projects all aiming to understanding why and how we learn to talk. Cognitive scientist Deb Roy has set up the Speech Home Project in which he analyses in minute detail the processes by which his own infant son begins to acquire language. Cathy Price studies the brain of Steve Steere, who had a stroke following a bicycling accident which left him unable to speak, to try to work out where his missing speech centres are. William Fifer is experimenting with speech sounds and newborn babies - his research shows that newborns respond in a totally different way to the voice of their mother than they do to any other voice. Language specialist Gary Morgan is working with Christopher, an autistic man with an astonishing ability to learn languages - we see Christopher learn a new language. Noam Chomsky believes we have an inate ability to speak - if this is so, would a child brought up without ever hearing language learn to speak by themselves? Ofer Tchernichovski is studying birdsong in finches that have been separated from their father's song - they grow up unable to copy it. However, over subsequent generations the birds develop a new language which begins to have its own form and structure. Faraneh Vargha-Khadem has been studying a family who all have the same genetic speech defect - the K family speak as though they are deaf even though all of their other neurological functions are entirely normal. Vargha-Khadem has isolated a gene, Fox P2, which controls our ability to shape words, this is faulty in the K family. Language specialist Mark Pagel reveals his experiment in which a group of volunteers independantly form a new language, unconsciously shaping its structure and meaning
Language evolution : critical concepts in linguistics ( Book )
4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Evolution of language : Fourth International Conference on the Evolution of Language, Harvard University, Cambridge Massachusetts, March 27-30, 2002 : proceedings by International Conference on the Evolution of Language ( Book )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Language evolution ( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in Undetermined and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Language evolution ( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in Undetermined and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Language evolution ( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in Undetermined and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Language evolution ( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in Undetermined and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Conceptions of protolanguage ( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The modern era : Darwin meets Chomsky ( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The evolution of speech ( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pattern perception and computational complexity : papers of a theme issue ( Book )
2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Historical sources ( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Language evolution ( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Vocal tract length perception and the evolution of language by W. Tecumseh Fitch ( Book )
1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Multiple expressions of hemispheric asymmetry in captive chimpanzees by Stephanie Braccini ( )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The degree to which non-human primate behaviour is lateralized, at individual or population levels, remains controversial and over the last century, the issue of brain lateralization in primates has been extensively researched and debated, yet no previous study has reported eye preference or head turning in great apes. This thesis examines three different expressions of hemispheric asymmetry in lateralized behaviours: hand preference for bipedal tool use, eye preference, and auditory laterality. It is reported that bipedalism induced the subjects to become more lateralized, but not in any particular direction. Instead, it appeared that subtle pre-existing lateral biases, to the right or left, were emphasized with increasing postural demands. Eye preference was assessed when animals looked through a hole, using one eye, at an empty box, a mirror, a picture of a dog, a rubber snake, food biscuits, bananas, a rubber duck and a video camera. Main effects of stimulus type were reported for direction of eye preference, number of looks, and looking duration, but not for strength of eye preference. A left-eye bias was found for viewing the rubber snake and a right eye bias was found for viewing the bananas. In addition, a significant shift in eye preference took place from the initial look to subsequent looks when viewing the snake. The results reported are not consistent with the literature for other primate studies. Lastly, auditory laterality was assessed using the Hauser and Andersson (1994) head turning paradigm. Chimpanzee and American crow calls were broadcast to subjects from 180° behind them and directional head turning was recorded. No difference in turning direction or latency was found. This lack of result was attributed to the methodology and underlying assumption that head turning is directly related to hemispheric asymmetries and not influenced by any other processes
Pattern perception and computational complexity ( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Genes, language, cognition, and culture : towards productive inquiry by W. Tecumseh Fitch ( )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Fitch, Tecumseh.
Fitch, Tecumseh 1963-
Fitch, W. Tecumseh 1963-
Fitch, William Tecumseh Sherman.
Fitch, William Tecumseh Sherman 1963-
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English (35)
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