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LINGUIST List 21.328

Tue Jan 19 2010

Books: Cognitive Science: Larson, Deprez, Yamakido (Eds)

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        1.    Daniel Davies, The Evolution of Human Language: Larson, Deprez, Yamakido (Eds)

Message 1: The Evolution of Human Language: Larson, Deprez, Yamakido (Eds)
Date: 19-Jan-2010
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: The Evolution of Human Language: Larson, Deprez, Yamakido (Eds)
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Title: The Evolution of Human Language
Subtitle: Biolinguistic Perspectives
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Editor: Richard K. Larson
Editor: Viviane Deprez
Editor: Hiroko Yamakido
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521516457 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 105.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521516457 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 60.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521736251 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 23.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521736251 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 41.00

The way language as a human faculty has evolved is a question that
preoccupies researchers from a wide spread of disciplines. In this book, a
team of writers has been brought together to examine the evolution of
language from a variety of such standpoints, including language's genetic
basis, the anthropological context of its appearance, its formal structure,
its relation to systems of cognition and thought, as well as its possible
evolutionary antecedents. The book includes Hauser, Chomsky, and Fitch's
seminal and provocative essay on the subject, 'The Faculty of Language,'
and charts the progress of research in this active and highly controversial
field since its publication in 2002. This timely volume will be welcomed by
researchers and students in a number of disciplines, including linguistics,
evolutionary biology, psychology, and cognitive science.

List of figures;
1. The faculty of language: What is it, who has it, and how did it evolve?
Marc Hauser, Noam Chomsky and W. Tecumseh Fitch;

Part I. Language Architecture:
2. Some simple evo-devo theses: How true might they be for language? Noam
3. Your theory of the evolution of language depends on your theory of
language, Ray Jackendoff;
4. Three meanings of 'recursion': Key distinctions for biolinguistics, W.
Tecumseh Fitch;
5. On obfuscation, obscurantism and opacity: Evolving conceptions of the
faculty of language, Marc Hauser;

Part II. Language and Interface Systems:
6. The evolution of anticipatory cognition as a precursor to symbolic
communicatio,n Peter Gärdenfors and Mathias Osvath;
7. Did language evolve before speech? Michael Corballis;
8. A pragmatic perspective on the evolution of language, Dan Sperber and
Gloria Origgi;

Part III. Biological and Neurological Foundations:
9. Canalization and plasticity in the evolution of linguistic
communication: an evolutionary-developmental approach, Daniel Dor and Eva
10. What is language, that it might have evolved, and what is evolution
that is may apply to language? Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini;
11. The creative capacity of language, in what manner is it unique, and who
had it? Philip Lieberman;
12. Genetics and the evolution of language: What genetic studies reveal
about the evolution of language, Karin Stromswold;

Part IV. Anthropological Context:
13. A putative role for language in the origin of human consciousness, Ian
14. On two incompatible theories of language evolution, Derek Bickerton;
15. On the evolution of language: Implications of a new and general theory
of human evolution, properties and history, Paul Bingham;

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Cognitive Science

Written In: English (eng )

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