LINGUIST List 14.139

Wed Jan 15 2003

Books: Anthropological Ling/Ling Theories: Givon

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  1. paul, Bio-Linguistics: The Santa Barbara lectures

Message 1: Bio-Linguistics: The Santa Barbara lectures

Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2003 10:30:36 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: Bio-Linguistics: The Santa Barbara lectures

Title: Bio-Linguistics
Subtitle: The Santa Barbara lectures
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins,		 
Book URL:
Author: T. Giv�n, University of Oregon 

Hardback: ISBN: 158811225X, Pages: xviii, 383 pp., Price: USD 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027225907, Pages: xviii, 383 pp., Price: EUR 110.00
Paperback: ISBN: 1588112268, Pages: xviii, 383 pp., Price: USD 43.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9027225915, Pages: xviii, 383 pp., Price: EUR 44.00

Is human language an evolutionary adaptation? Is linguistics a natural
science? These questions have bedeviled philosophers, philologists and
linguists from Plato through Chomsky. Prof. Giv�n suggests that the
answers fall naturally within an integrated study of living organisms.

In this new work, Giv�n points out that language operates between
aspects of both complex biological design and adaptive behavior. As in
biology, the whole is an adaptive compromise to competing
demands. Variation is the indispensable tool of learning, change and
adaptation. The contrast between innateness and input-driven emergence
is an interaction between genetically-coded and behaviorally-coded

In enlarging the cross-disciplinary domain, the book examines the
parallels between language evolution and language
diachrony. Sociality, cooperation and communication are shown to be
rooted in a common evolutionary source, the kin-based
hunting-and-gathering society of intimates.

The book pays homage to the late Joseph Greenberg and his visionary
integration of functional motivation, typological diversity and
diachronic change.

Table of Contents

Preface xv-xviii 
Language as a bio-adaptation 1-29 
The bounds of generativity and the adaptive basis of variation 31-69
The demise of competence 71-122 
Human language as an evolutionary product 123-162 
An evolutionary account of language processing rates 163-184 
The diachronic foundations of language universals 205-224 
The neuro-cognitive interpretation of context 225-261 
The grammar of perspective in narrative fiction 263-301 
The society of intimates 303-333 
On the ontology of academic negativity 335-345 
Epilogue: Joseph Greenberg as a theorist 347-355 
Bibliography 357-377

Lingfield(s): Anthropological Linguistics
		Functional & Systemic Ling (Linguistic Theories)
		Historical Linguistics
		Linguistic Theories
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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