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Title: Kaleidoscopic Grammar
Subtitle: Investigation into the Nature of Binarism
Description:

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.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Syntax
History of Linguistics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781443814461
Pages: 199
Prices: U.K.£ 34.99