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Language origins : from mythology to science

Author: Przemysław Żywiczyński
Publisher: Berlin : Peter Lang GmbH, [2018]
Series: Dis/continuities, v. 18.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The science of language evolutionappeared at the end of the last century but topically belongs to language origins- the domain of investigation concerned with the beginnings and diversification of language. This book documents the whole history of language origins and situate language evolution in this wide intellectual context.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Żywiczyński, Przemysław.
Language origins.
Berlin : Peter Lang GmbH, [2018]
(DLC) 2018024079
(OCoLC)1032649622
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Przemysław Żywiczyński
ISBN: 9783631757772 3631757778
OCLC Number: 1079419641
Description: 1 online resource (247 pages) : illustrations (some color).
Contents: Cover; Contents; Introduction; 0.1 Motivation for the book; 0.2 Organisation of the material; 0.3 Methodological problems; 0.4 Main sources; 1 Divine origins of language and languages; 1.1 Glottogonic myths; 1.2 Glossogenetic myths; 2 The problem of the Adamic language; 2.1 Definition of the Adamic problem and its textual basis; 2.2 The Kabbalah; 2.3 The forbidden experiment; 2.4 Dante's "illustrious vernacular"; 2.5 Etymological eccentricities; 2.6 Babel reinterpreted; 2.7 Beyond Adam and Babel; 3 Language and language origins in ancient and medieval philosophy 3.1 Plato's mimetic naturalism3.2 Aristotle's linguistic conventionalism and objectivism; 3.3 Epicureans and Stoics on language and its origin; 3.4 The problem of universals; 3.5 Augustine's linguistic scepticism; 3.6 Aquinas and the speculative grammarians; 4 Naturalistic glottogony; 4.1 Epicurean inspirations; 4.2 The search for a new definition of humankind; 4.3 Lord Monboddo's scientific speculations; 4.4 Empiricists vs. rationalists and the problem of language; 4.5 The Mandeville-Condillac thought-experiment; 4.6 Rousseau on human evolution 4.7 Herder on representations and language origins4.8 Les Idéologues; 5 Linguistics, Darwinism and the twilight of traditional language origins; 5.1 Humboldt's conception of language as activity; 5.2 The rise of comparative philology; 5.2.1 Comparative philology, biology and Darwinism; 5.2.2 Comparative philology and language origins; 5.3 Darwin on linguistic change, anthropogenesis and the origin of language; 5.4 How language origins became a taboo: from bans on glottogonic speculation to de Saussure; 5.5 Jespersen's plea against the taboo 5.6 Tylor's natural language and the orofacial hypothesis6 The science of language evolution; 6.1 Linguistics, gesture studies and language origins; 6.2 The Chomskyan factor; 6.3 The empirical factor; 6.3.1 Primate ethology and ape language experiments; 6.3.2 Genetics; 6.3.3 Palaeoanthropology and archaeology; 6.3.4 Neuroscience; 6.4 Modern evolutionism: the Kuhnian factor; 6.5 The science of language evolution: a new era of language origins; 6.6 SLE's characteristics; 6.7 Terminological conundrums; 6.8 In what sense is the science of language evolution a science?; Concluding remarks
Series Title: Dis/continuities, v. 18.
Responsibility: Przemysław Żywiczyński.

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