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Language origins : perspectives on evolution

Author: Maggie Tallerman
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Series: Studies in the evolution of language, 4.; Oxford linguistics.
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Tallerman addresses central questions in the evolution of language: where it came from, how and why it evolved, how it came to be culturally transmitted, and how languages diversified. She does so from the perspective of the latest work in linguistics, neuroscience, psychology and computer science.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Maggie Tallerman
ISBN: 9780199279043 0199279047 9780199279036 0199279039
OCLC Number: 60607214
Description: xx, 426 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Language origins and evolutionary processes / Maggie Tallerman --
pt. 1. Evolution of speech and speech sounds : how did spoken language emerge? Introduction to part 1 : How did links between perception and production emerge for spoken language? / Michael Studdert-Kennedy ; The mirror system hypothesis : how did protolanguage evolve? / Michael Arbib ; How did language go discrete? / Michael Studdert-Kennedy ; From holistic to discrete speech sounds : the blind snowflake-maker hypothesis / Pierre-Yves Oudeyer ; Infant-directed speech and evolution of language / Bart de Boer --
pt. 2. Evolution of grammar : how did syntax and morphology emerge? Introduction to part 2 : Protolanguage and the development of complexity / Maggie Tallerman. Initial syntax and modern syntax : did the clause evolve from the syllable? / Maggie Tallerman ; The potential role of production in the evolution of syntax / Dana McDaniel ; The evolutionary origin of morphology / Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy ; The evolution of grammatical structures and 'functional need' explanations / Bernard Comrie and Tania Kuteva ; Deception and mate selection : some implications for relevance and the evolution of language / Bradley Franks and Kate Rigby --
pt. 3. Analogous and homologous traits : what can we learn from other species? Introduction to pt. 3. The broadening scope of animal communication research / Alison Wray ; An avian perspective on language evolution : implications of simultaneous development of vocal and physical object combinations by a grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus) / Irene Maxine Pepperberg ; Linguistic prerequisites in the primate lineage / Klaus Zuberbühler --
pt. 4. Learnibility and diversity : how did languages emerge and diverge? Introduction to part 4 : Computer modelling widens the focus of language study / James R. Hurford ; Cultural selection for learnability : three principles underlying the view that language adapts to be learnable / Henry Brighton, Simon Kirby, and Kenny Smith ; Co-evolution of the language faculty and languages(s) with decorrelated encodings / Ted Briscoe ; Acquisition and evolution of quasi-regular languages : two puzzles for the price of one / Matthew Roberts, Luca Onnis, and Nick Chater ; Evolution of language diversity : why fitness counts / Zach Solan [and others] ; Mutual exclusivity : communicative success despite conceptual divergence / Andrew D.M. Smith.
Series Title: Studies in the evolution of language, 4.; Oxford linguistics.
Responsibility: edited by Maggie Tallerman.
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