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Thu Oct 07 2010

Books: Anthropological Linguistics: Edwardes

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        1.    Jennifer Tighe, The Origins of Grammar: Edwardes

Message 1: The Origins of Grammar: Edwardes
Date: 04-Oct-2010
From: Jennifer Tighe <>
Subject: The Origins of Grammar: Edwardes
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Title: The Origins of Grammar Subtitle: An Anthropological Perspective Published: 2010 Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd

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Author: Martin P. Edwardes Electronic: ISBN: 9781441159144 Pages: 192 Price: U.K. £ 65.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781441114389 Pages: 192 Price: U.K. £ 65.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9781441170989 Pages: 192 Price: U.K. £ 19.99

The book examines the origins of language and grammar and also looks at thenature of being human. As a species, we have a long history of trying tofind aspects of ourselves that are exclusively human. Some of the featuresof humanity thought to be solely the realm of the spiritual - for examplecognition and emotion - are increasingly being explained in terms ofphysical effects. Exclusive physical functions are now questioned too -bipedality, dexterity, socialisation, delayed gratification. Could thedifferences between the human and animal kingdom be a matter of degreesrather than absolutes? Language, and language grammar, is one territorythat might provide an answer.

Martin Edwardes builds a story examining the evolutionary sources of ourself-recognition, of human culture and social institutions and of thecognitive forms that lie behind our linguistic grammatical forms. He coversthe current thinking in the field of language origins and goes on todevelop an essential new theory of the origins of grammar.

"Martin Edwardes has written a knowledgeable and thoughtful book on theorigins of grammar. I am happy to say that Edwardes' book complements myown book of the same title, taking a similar view on central issues such asthe importance of meaning, of social interaction and a gradualist view ofevolution. Valuably, Edwardes approaches the topic from an anthropologicalviewpoint, as his subtitle makes clear. Together, both books offerinnovative and thorough coverage of the field. "James R. Hurford, Professor (Emeritus), University of Edinburgh, Scotland

"Martin Edwardes has written a wonderfully clear book that sets out thecentral issues in linguistics that are pertinent to the evolution ofgrammar and brings them into contact with psychological and anthropologicalconcerns. The style is accessible and will meet a broad audience but thethesis will set academics thinking, arguing and reaching for their pens."Tom Dickins, Reader in the School of Psychology, University of East London, UK

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics                             Morphology                             Syntax
Written In: English (eng )

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