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Bickerton, Derek

Overview
Works: 80 works in 332 publications in 7 languages and 13,195 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Contributor, Interviewee, Other
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Most widely held works by Derek Bickerton
Biological foundations and origin of syntax by Derek Bickerton( )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interdisciplinary perspectives on the evolutionary & biological roots of syntax, describing current research on syntax in fields ranging from linguistics to neurology
More than nature needs : language, mind, and evolution by Derek Bickerton( )

15 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The human mind is an unlikely evolutionary adaptation. How did humans acquire cognitive capacities far more powerful than anything a hunting-and-gathering primate needed to survive? Alfred Russel Wallace, co-founder with Darwin of evolutionary theory, saw humans as 'divine exceptions' to natural selection. Darwin thought use of language might have shaped our sophisticated brains, but his hypothesis remained an intriguing guess--until now. Combining state-of-the-art research with forty years of writing and thinking about language evolution, Derek Bickerton convincingly resolves a crucial problem that both biology and the cognitive sciences have hitherto ignored or evaded. What evolved first was neither language nor intelligence--merely normal animal communication plus displacement. That was enough to break restrictions on both thought and communication that bound all other animals. The brain self-organized to store and automatically process its new input, words. But words, which are inextricably linked to the concepts they represent, had to be accessible to consciousness. The inevitable consequence was a cognitive engine able to voluntarily merge both thoughts and words into meaningful combinations. Only in a third phase could language emerge, as humans began to tinker with a medium that, when used for communication, was adequate for speakers but suboptimal for hearers. Starting from humankind's remotest past, More than Nature Needs transcends nativist thesis and empiricist antithesis by presenting a revolutionary synthesis--one that instead of merely repeating 'nature and nurture' clichés shows specifically and in a principled manner how and why the synthesis came about."--Jacket
Development and structures of Creole languages : essays in honor of Derek Bickerton( )

15 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 1,518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of original essays is intended to both celebrate Derek Bickerton's sixty-fifth birthday and honor his long and eminent career. Each author included in the volume is a noted scholar who has distinguished him/herself in some area of linguistics and has professionally or personally interacted with Bickerton and been influenced by his work. While the papers make independent thematic contributions, they also discuss, augment, present alternatives to, or are inspired in some way by Bickerton's seminal ideas or penetrating analyses. The book is organized into 5 sections, each a reflec
The emergence of protolanguage : holophrasis vs compositionality( )

14 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Somewhere and somehow, in the 5 to 7 million years since the last common ancestors of humans and the great apes, our ancestors "got" language. The authors of this volume all agree that there was no single mutation or cultural innovation that took our ancestors directly from a limited system of a few vocalizations (primarily innate) and gestures (some learned) to language. They further agree to use the term "protolanguage" for the beginnings of an open system of symbolic communication that provided the bridge to the use of fully expressive languages, rich in both lexicon and grammar. But here c
Language and human behavior by Derek Bickerton( Book )

32 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,066 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

According to Bickerton, the behavioral sciences have failed to give an adequate account of human nature at least partly because of the conjunction and mutual reinforcement of two widespread beliefs: that language is simply a means of communication and that human intelligence is the result of the rapid growth and unusual size of human brains. Bickerton argues that each of the properties distinguishing human intelligence and consciousness from that of other animals can be shown to derive straightforwardly from properties of language. In essence, language arose as a representational system, not a means of communication or a skill, and not a product of culture but an evolutionary adaptation. The author stresses the necessity of viewing intelligence in evolutionary terms, seeing it not as problem solving but as a way of maintaining homeostasis - the preservation of those conditions most favorable to an organism, the optimal achievable conditions for survival and well-being
Language & species by Derek Bickerton( Book )

32 editions published between 1990 and 2003 in 4 languages and held by 1,046 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on "living linguistic fossils" such as "ape talk," the "two-word" stage of small children, and pidgin languages, and on recent discoveries in paleoanthropology, Bickerton shows how a primitive "protolanguage" could have offered Homo erectus a novel ecological niche. He goes on to demonstrate how this protolanguage could have developed into the languages we speak today. --From publisher's description
Roots of language by Derek Bickerton( Book )

31 editions published between 1981 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 913 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Non-Aboriginal; addresses origin of creole language, childrens acquisition of language and origin of human language
Adam's tongue : how humans made language, how language made humans by Derek Bickerton( Book )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and Turkish and held by 778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How language evolved has been called "the hardest problem in science." In Adam's Tongue, Derek Bickerton'long a leading authority in this field'shows how and why previous attempts to solve that problem have fallen short. Taking cues from topics as diverse as the foraging strategies of ants, the distribution of large prehistoric herbivores, and the construction of ecological niches, Bickerton produces a dazzling new alternative to the conventional wisdom. Language is unique to humans, but it isn't the only thing that sets us apart from other species'our cognitive powers are qualitatively different. So could there be two separate discontinuities between humans and the rest of nature' No, says Bickerton; he shows how the mere possession of symbolic units'words'automatically opened a new and different cognitive universe, one that yielded novel innovations ranging from barbed arrowheads to the Apollo spacecraft. Written in Bickerton's lucid and irreverent style, this book is the first that thoroughly integrates the story of how language evolved with the story of how humans evolved. Sure to be controversial, it will make indispensable reading both for experts in the field and for every reader who has ever wondered how a species as remarkable as ours could have come into existence
Lingua ex machina : reconciling Darwin and Chomsky with the human brain by William H Calvin( Book )

21 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A proper lingua ex machina would be a language machine capable of nesting phrases and clauses inside one another, complete with evolutionary pedigree. Such circuitry for structured thought might also facilitate creative shaping up of quality (figuring out what to do with the leftovers in the refrigerator), contingency planning, procedural games, logic, and even music. And enhancing structural thought might give intelligence a big boost. Solve the cerebral circuitry for syntax, and you might solve them all." "William Calvin and Derek Bickerton offer three ways for getting from ape behaviors to syntax. They focus on the transition from simple word association in short sentences (proto-language) to longer recursively structural sentences (requiring syntax). They are after invention via sidesteps (Darwinian conversions of function), not straight-line gradual improvements."--Jacket
Dynamics of a creole system by Derek Bickerton( Book )

17 editions published between 1975 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ethnography of variation : selected writings on pidgins and creoles by Hugo Schuchardt( Book )

4 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

King of the sea by Derek Bickerton( Book )

6 editions published between 1979 and 1982 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The murders of Boysie Singh: robber, arsonist, pirate, mass-murderer, vice and gambling king of Trinidad by Derek Bickerton( Book )

8 editions published between 1962 and 2019 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La langue d'Adam by Derek Bickerton( Book )

4 editions published in 2010 in French and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alliant critiques vigoureuses d'idées anciennes et théories surprenantes mais sérieuses, Derek Bickerton s'attache dans cet ouvrage à déterminer les conditions d'apparition du langage chez nos ancêtres hominidés. Dans un style didactique et romancé, faisant appel aux découvertes les plus actuelles des linguistes, des primatologues et des psychologues du langage, ainsi qu'à l'étude précise des preuves paléontologiques, l'auteur élabore une hypothèse cohérente, susceptible d'expliquer ce que certains appellent "le problème scientifique le plus ardu qui soit" : comment le langage est-il apparu?
Tropicana : a novel by Derek Bickerton( Book )

5 editions published between 1963 and 1965 in English and Undetermined and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lingua ex machina : la conciliación de las teorías de Darwin y Chomsky sobre el cerebro humano by William H Calvin( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in Spanish and English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Payroll by Derek Bickerton( Book )

4 editions published between 1959 and 1961 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lexical learning hypothesis and the pidgin/creole cycle by Derek Bickerton( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Change and variation in Hawaiian English : final report on National Science Foundation grant no. GS-39748( Book )

2 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bastard tongues : a trailblazing linguist finds clues to our common humanity in the world's lowliest languages by Derek Bickerton( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why Do Isolated Creole Languages Tend to Have Similar Grammatical Structures' Bastard Tongues is an exciting, firsthand story of scientific discovery in an area of research close to the heart of what it means to be human--what language is, how it works, and how it passes from generation to generation, even where historical accidents have made normal transmission almost impossible. The story focuses on languages so low in the pecking order that many people don't regard them as languages at all--Creole languages spoken by descendants of slaves and indentured laborers in plantation colonies all over the world. The story is told by Derek Bickerton, who has spent more than thirty years researching these languages on four continents and developing a controversial theory that explains why they are so similar to one another. A published novelist, Bickerton (once described as "part scholar, part swashbuckling man of action") does not present his findings in the usual dry academic manner. Instead, you become a companion on his journey of discovery. You learn things as he learned them, share his disappointments and triumphs, explore the exotic locales where he worked, and meet the colorful characters he encountered along the way. The result is a unique blend of memoir, travelogue, history, and linguistics primer, appealing to anyone who has ever wondered how languages grow or what it's like to search the world for new knowledge
 
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Biological foundations and origin of syntax
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The emergence of protolanguage : holophrasis vs compositionalityLanguage and human behaviorLanguage & speciesAdam's tongue : how humans made language, how language made humansLingua ex machina : reconciling Darwin and Chomsky with the human brainDynamics of a creole systemLingua ex machina : la conciliación de las teorías de Darwin y Chomsky sobre el cerebro humanoBastard tongues : a trailblazing linguist finds clues to our common humanity in the world's lowliest languages
Alternative Names
Derek Bickerton Amerikaans taalkundige

Derek Bickerton US-amerikanischer Linguist

ديريك بيكرتون، 1926-

비커튼, 데렉 1926-2018

비커튼, 데릭 1926-2018

デレク・ビッカートン

ビッカートン, デレック

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