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The transition to language

Author: Alison Wray
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Series: Oxford linguistics.; Studies in the evolution of language, 2.
Edition/Format:   Book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This title considers the nature of pre and proto-linguistic communication, the internal and external triggers that led to its transformation into language, and whether and how language may be considered to have evolved after its inception.
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Genre/Form: Conference proceedings
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Material Type: Conference publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alison Wray
ISBN: 0199250650 9780199250653 0199250669 9780199250660
OCLC Number: 48532303
Notes: Papers presented at the Third International Conference on the Evolution of Language, held in 2000 at the École nationale supérieure des télécommunications, Paris.
Description: xi, 410 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The evolving field of language evolution / Alison Wray --
Comparative vocal production and the evolution of speech : reinterpreting the descent of the larynx / W. Tecumseh Fitch --
Sexual display as a syntactic vehicle : the evolution of syntax in birdsong and human language through sexual selection / Kazuo Okanoya --
Serial expertise and the evolution of language / H.S. Terrace --
ProtocadherinXY : a candidate gene for cerebral asymmetry and language / T.J. Crow --
Dual processing in protolanguage : performance without competence / Alison Wray --
Language and revolutionary consciousness / Chris Knight --
Did language evolve from manual gestures? / Michael C. Corballis --
The finished artefact fallacy : Acheulean handaxes and language origins / Iain Davidson --
Foraging versus social intelligence in the evolution of protolanguage / Derek Bickerton --
Methodological issues in simulating the emergence of language / Bradley Tonkes and Janet Wiles --
Crucial factors in the origins of word-meaning / L. Steels [and others] --
Constraints on communities with indigenous sign languages : clues to the dynamics of language origins / Sonia Ragir --
The slow growth of language in children / Robbins Burling --
The roles of expression and representation in language evolution / James R. Hurford --
Linguistic adaptation without linguistic constraints : the role of sequential learning in language evolution / Morten H. Christiansen and Michelle R. Ellefson --
Uniformitarian assumptions and language evolution research / Frederick J. Newmeyer --
On the evolution of grammatical forms / Bernd Heine and Tania Kuteva.
Series Title: Oxford linguistics.; Studies in the evolution of language, 2.
Responsibility: edited by Alison Wray.
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Linguists, biological anthropologists, and cognitive scientists explore the origins and early evolution of phonology, syntax, and semantics. Evidence is drawn from many domains, including computer  Read more...

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... a thought-provoking volume, with implications not just for language evolution but for how we conceptualise language acquisition, language structure and language change. Journal of Linguistics

 
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