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Mon Feb 08 2016

Books: Roots of language: Bickerton

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Date: 08-Feb-2016
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Subject: Roots of language: Bickerton
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Title: Roots of language
Series Title: Classics in linguistics 3
Published: 2016
Publisher: Language Science Press

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Author: Derek Bickerton
Electronic: ISBN: 9783946234081 Pages: 305 Price: Europe EURO 0 Comment: Open Access

Roots of language was originally published in 1981 by Karoma Press (Ann Arbor).

It was the first work to systematically develop a theory first suggested by Coelho in the late nineteenth century: that the creation of creole languages somehow reflected universal properties of language. The book also proposed that the same set of properties would be found to emerge in normal first-language acquisition and must have emerged in the original evolution of language. These proposals, some of which were elaborated in an article in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (1984), were immediately controversial and gave rise to a great deal of subsequent research in creoles, much of it aimed at rebutting the theory. The book also served to legitimize and stimulate research in language evolution, a topic regarded as off-limits by linguists for over a century. The present edition contains a foreword by the author bringing the theory up to date and is available as Open Access, the former edition having gone out of print.

The book is the third volume of the series Classics in Linguistics, which republishes seminal works of linguistics available as Open Access. In this particular case, the book has been cited over 2500 times, but as it is out of print, it was difficult to get hold of a copy. With this Open Access publication, readers can now rediscover a true classic of the field of Creole studies.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Language Acquisition

Written In: English (eng)

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