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Origins of language : constraints on hypotheses

Author: Sverker Johansson
Publisher: Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub., ©2005.
Series: Converging evidence in language and communication research, v. 5.
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"Sverker Johansson has written an unusual book on language origins, with its emphasis on empirical evidence rather than theory-building. This is a book for the student or researcher who prefers solid data and well-supported conclusions, over speculative scenarios. Much that has been written on the origins of language is characterized by hypothesizing largely unconstrained by evidence. But empirical data do exist,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sverker Johansson
ISBN: 902723891X 9789027238917 1588116298 9781588116291 9789027238931 9027238936
OCLC Number: 57311810
Description: xi, 345 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Preface, px; 2. 1. Introduction, p1; 3. 2. What is language?, p5; 4. 3. The theory of evolution, p13; 5. 4. Human origins and evolution, p41; 6. 5. Anatomical and neurological prerequisites, p77; 7. 6. Animal communication in the wild, p119; 8. 7. Can nonhumans be taught language?, p129; 9. 8. Language, mind, and self, p143; 10. 9. Hypotheses of language origins, p157; 11. 10. Why did language evolve?, p193; 12. 11. Protolanguage, p219; 13. 12. Conclusions, p243; 14. References, p248; 15. Index, p331
Series Title: Converging evidence in language and communication research, v. 5.
Responsibility: Sverker Johansson.
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"Sverker Johansson has written an unusual book on language origins, with its emphasis on empirical evidence rather than theory-building. This is a book for the student or researcher who prefers solid data and well-supported conclusions, over speculative scenarios. Much that has been written on the origins of language is characterized by hypothesizing largely unconstrained by evidence. But empirical data do exist, and the purpose of this book is to integrate and review the available evidence from all relevant disciplines, not only linguistics but also, e.g., neurology, primatology, paleoanthropology, and evolutionary biology. The evidence is then used to constrain the multitude of scenarios for language origins, demonstrating that many popular hypotheses are untenable."--Jacket.

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