LINGUIST List 24.1468

Mon Apr 01 2013

Books: Birdsong, Speech, And Language: Bolhuis, Everaert (Eds)

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Date: 20-Mar-2013
From: Anar Badalov <badalovmit.edu>
Subject: Birdsong, Speech, And Language: Bolhuis, Everaert (Eds)
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Title: Birdsong, Speech, And Language Subtitle: Exploring the Evolution of Mind and Brain Published: 2013 Publisher: MIT Press
                http://mitpress.mit.edu/

Book URL: http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/birdsong-speech-and-language-0

Editor: Johan J. Bolhuis Editor: Martin Everaert Hardback: ISBN: 9780262018609 Pages: 556 Price: U.S. $ 50.00
Abstract:

Scholars have long been captivated by the parallels between birdsong and human speech and language. In this book, leading scholars draw on the latest research to explore what birdsong can tell us about the biology of human speech and language and the consequences for evolutionary biology. They examine the cognitive and neural similarities between birdsong learning and speech and language acquisition, considering vocal imitation, auditory learning, an early vocalization phase (“babbling”), the structural properties of birdsong and human language, and the striking similarities between the neural organization of learning and vocal production in birdsong and human speech.

After outlining the basic issues involved in the study of both language and evolution, the contributors compare birdsong and language in terms of acquisition, recursion, and core structural properties, and then examine the neurobiology of song and speech, genomic factors, and the emergence and evolution of language.

Contributors
Hermann Ackermann, Gabriël J. L. Beckers, Robert C. Berwick, Johan J. Bolhuis, Noam Chomsky, Frank Eisner, Martin Everaert, Michale S. Fee, Olga Fehér, Simon E. Fisher, W. Tecumseh Fitch, Jonathan B. Fritz, Sharon M. H. Gobes, Riny Huijbregts, Erich Jarvis, Robert Lachlan, Ann Law, Michael A. Long, Gary F. Marcus, Carolyn McGettigan, Daniel Mietchen, Richard Mooney, Sanne Moorman, Kazuo Okanoya, Christophe Pallier, Irene M. Pepperberg, Jonathan F. Prather, Franck Ramus, Eric Reuland, Constance Scharff, Sophie K. Scott, Neil Smith, Ofer Tchernichovski, Carel ten Cate, Christopher K. Thompson, Frank Wijnen, Moira Yip, Wolfram Ziegler, Willem Zuidema

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science                             General Linguistics                             Historical Linguistics
Written In: English (eng)

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