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LINGUIST List 20.1464

Fri Apr 17 2009

Books: Language Acquisition: Lee, Mikesell, Joaquin, Mates, Schumann

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Message 1: The Interactional Instinct: Lee, Mikesell, Joaquin, Mates, Schumann
Date: 25-Mar-2009
From: Elyse Turr <elyse.turroup.com>
Subject: The Interactional Instinct: Lee, Mikesell, Joaquin, Mates, Schumann
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Title: The Interactional Instinct
Subtitle: The Evolution and Acquisition of Language
Published: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
                http://www.oup.com/us

Author: Namhee Lee
Author: Lisa Mikesell
Author: Anna Dina L. Joaquin
Author: Andrea W. Mates
Author: John H. Schumann
Hardback: ISBN: 9780195384246 Pages: 256 Price: U.S. $ 99.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780195384239 Pages: 256 Price: U.S. $ 29.95
Abstract:

"The Interactional Instinct" explores the evolution of language from the
theoretical view that language could have emerged without a biologically
instantiated Universal Grammar. In the first part of the book, the authors
speculate that a hominid group with a lexicon of about 600 words could
combine these items to make larger meanings. Combinations that are
successfully produced, comprehended, and learned become part of the
language. Any combination that is incompatible with human mental capacities
is abandoned. The authors argue for the emergence of language structure
through interaction constrained by human psychology and physiology.

In the second part of the book, the authors argue that language acquisition
is based on an "interactional instinct" that emotionally entrains the
infant on caregivers. This relationship provides children with a
motivational and attentional mechanism that ensures their acquisition of
language. In adult second language acquisition, the interactional instinct
is no longer operating, but in some individuals with sufficient aptitude
and motivation, successful second-language acquisition can be achieved.

"The Interactional Instinct" presents a theory of language based on
linguistic, evolutionary, and biological evidence indicating that language
is a culturally inherited artifact that requires no a priori hard wiring of
linguistic knowledge.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Language Acquisition

Written In: English (eng )

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