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LINGUIST List 19.1460

Thu May 01 2008

Books: Historical Linguistics: Laks (Ed)

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        1.    Janet Joyce, Origin and Evolution of Languages: Laks (Ed)

Message 1: Origin and Evolution of Languages: Laks (Ed)
Date: 29-Apr-2008
From: Janet Joyce <jjoyceequinoxpub.com>
Subject: Origin and Evolution of Languages: Laks (Ed)
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Title: Origin and Evolution of Languages
Subtitle: Approaches, Models, Paradigms
Published: 2008
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd

Editor: Bernard Laks
Hardback: ISBN: 9781845532048 Pages: 352 Price: U.K. £ 60.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781845532048 Pages: 352 Price: U.S. $ 95.00

Origin and Evolution of Languages has a strong interdisciplinary flavour
designed to highlight the true complexity of the debates in the field. Many
of the models and theories conjectured can only receive their validation
from a convergence of arguments developed across disciplines. The book
underscores this dimension by including contribution from disciplines that
have been wary, traditionally, of extending beyond their borders:
linguistics (different branches thereof), philosophy, history and
prehistory, archaeology, anthropology, genetics, computer-modelling. The
presentation is intended to encompass both the agreements and disjunctures
characteristic of the field and insisted on laying open propositions that
clearly differ from, possibly even enter into contradiction with one
another. While several teams of researchers active in the fields of
genetics, linguistics, anthropology and archaeology have come up with new
proposals in favor of the "New Synthesis," many competing hypotheses and
models continue to be explored in areal linguistics, language contact,
wave-like diffusion. On the anthropological scene, criticisms of the
monogenetic model have set up new debates and counter-arguments.
Approaching the issue of the origin and evolution of human languages within
a Darwinian paradigm remains problematic. On the archaeological scene, not
all reconstructions are proving compatible with current models for the
circulation of techniques, myths and cultures. On the linguistic scene,
raising again the issue of the origin / evolution of humankind and of
languages in an evolutionary, cognitive, social and cultural perspective or
in terms of generational transmission and acquisition, may induce a
reconsideration of linguistic theories in search of universals as well as
most theories of change and variation. All contributors are world-renowned
experts in their domain.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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