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Books: Cognitive Science/History of Ling/Syntax: Toyota

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        1.     Chris Humphrey , Kaleidoscopic Grammar: Toyota

Message 1: Kaleidoscopic Grammar: Toyota
Date: 23-Dec-2010
From: Chris Humphrey <chumphreyc-s-p.org>
Subject: Kaleidoscopic Grammar: Toyota
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Title: Kaleidoscopic Grammar
Subtitle: Investigation into the Nature of Binarism
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
                http://www.c-s-p.org

Author: Junichi Toyota
Hardback: ISBN: 9781443814461 Pages: 199 Price: U.K. £ 34.99
Abstract:

Please Note: This is a new version of a previously announced text.

This monograph deals with binary features in the evolution of human
civilisation and cognition, with a particular focus on language. Our life
is surrounded by various pairs of binary features, and this is termed
binarism in this work. Binarism is pervasive, ranging from nature
(biological) to culture (anthropological and archaeological) and, without a
doubt, to language. Binarim serves as a good base for further development,
and as a system becomes more complex, binarism is broken and more complex
systems involving third or fourth options emerge. In the case of language,
the earliest human language, as argued here, consisted only of nouns;
however, these nouns had a distinction between active and inactive nouns.
The active nouns referred to action or productivity, which later turned
into verbs and inactive nouns stayed as nouns. It was during this period
that language became equipped with a base to develop further with a
distinction between noun and verb. This is the onset of various changes
towards the complexity of modern languages, essentially, kaleidoscopic
grammar. Various changes in language stem from binarism, and as languages
evolve, the pairs such as noun v. verb are broken and a grammatical system
in general becomes more complex. The importance of binarism is not
restricted to language and it is a powerful tool in evolution at different
levels. The pervasiveness of binarism is a specific feature that should not
be overlooked in evolution as a whole.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            History of Linguistics
                            Pragmatics
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng )

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