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LINGUIST List 21.1670

Tue Apr 06 2010

Books: Cognitive Science/History of Linguistics/Psycholing: Fitch

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        1.    Daniel Davies, The Evolution of Language: Fitch

Message 1: The Evolution of Language: Fitch
Date: 05-Apr-2010
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: The Evolution of Language: Fitch
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Title: The Evolution of Language
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: W. Tecumseh Fitch
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521859936 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 120.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521859936 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 70.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521677363 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 29.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521677363 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 55.00
Abstract:

Language, more than anything else, is what makes us human. It appears that
no communication system of equivalent power exists elsewhere in the animal
kingdom. Any normal human child will learn a language based on rather
sparse data in the surrounding world, while even the brightest chimpanzee,
exposed to the same environment, will not. Why not? How, and why, did
language evolve in our species and not in others? Since Darwin's theory of
evolution, questions about the origin of language have generated a
rapidly-growing scientific literature, stretched across a number of
disciplines, much of it directed at specialist audiences. The diversity of
perspectives - from linguistics, anthropology, speech science, genetics,
neuroscience and evolutionary biology - can be bewildering. Tecumseh Fitch
cuts through this vast literature, bringing together its most important
insights to explore one of the biggest unsolved puzzles of human history.

Introduction;

Part I. The Lay of the Land:
1. Language from a biological perspective;
2. Evolution;
3. Language;
4. Animal cognition and communication;

Part II. Meet the Ancestors:
5. Meet the ancestors;
6. The last common ancestor;
7. The hominid fossil record;

Part III. The Evolution of Speech:
8. The evolution of the human vocal tract;
9. The evolution of vocal control;
10. Modelling the evolution of speech;

Part IV. Phylogenetic Models of Language Evolution:
11. Language evolution before Darwin;
12. Lexical protolanguage;
13. Gestural protolanguage;
14. Musical protolanguage;
15. Conclusions & prospects.


Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Cognitive Science
                            General Linguistics
                            History of Linguistics
                            Psycholinguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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