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Sun Nov 28 2010

Books: Syntax: Bickerton, Szathmáry (Eds)

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        1.     David Weininger , Biological Foundations and Origin of Syntax: Bickerton, Szathmáry (Eds)

Message 1: Biological Foundations and Origin of Syntax: Bickerton, Szathmáry (Eds)
Date: 23-Nov-2010
From: David Weininger <dgwmit.edu>
Subject: Biological Foundations and Origin of Syntax: Bickerton, Szathmáry (Eds)
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Title: Biological Foundations and Origin of Syntax
Series Title: Strüngmann Forum Reports
Published: 2009
Publisher: MIT Press
                http://mitpress.mit.edu/

Book URL: http://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262013567

Editor: Derek Bickerton
Editor: Eörs Szathmáry
Hardback: ISBN: 0262013568 9780262013567 Pages: 430 Price: U.S. $ 45
Abstract:

Syntax is arguably the most human-specific aspect of language. Despite the
proto-linguistic capacities of some animals, syntax appears to be the last
major evolutionary transition in humans that has some genetic basis. Yet
what are the elements to a scenario that can explain such a transition? In this
book, experts from linguistics, neurology and neurobiology, cognitive
psychology, ecology and evolutionary biology, and computer modeling
address this question.

Unlike most previous work on the evolution of language, "Biological
Foundations and Origin of Syntax" follows through on a growing consensus
among researchers that language can be profitably separated into a number
of related and interacting but largely autonomous functions, each of which
may have a distinguishable evolutionary history and neurological base. The
contributors argue that syntax is such a function.

The book describes the current state of research on syntax in different fields,
with special emphasis on areas in which the findings of particular disciplines
might shed light on problems faced by other disciplines. It defines areas
where consensus has been established with regard to the nature,
infrastructure, and evolution of the syntax of natural languages; summarizes
and evaluates contrasting approaches in areas that remain controversial; and
suggests lines for future research to resolve at least some of these disputed
issues.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Written In: English (eng )

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