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Thu Jul 01 2021

Books: Ten Lectures on Cognitive Evolutionary Linguistics: Verhagen

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Date: 10-May-2021
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Subject: Ten Lectures on Cognitive Evolutionary Linguistics: Verhagen
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Title: Ten Lectures on Cognitive Evolutionary Linguistics
Series Title: Distinguished Lectures in Cognitive Linguistics
Published: 2021
Publisher: Brill

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Author: Arie Verhagen
Electronic: ISBN: 9789004422353 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004422346 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99

In these lectures, Arie Verhagen presents a version of cognitive linguistics that adheres to both the generalization and cognitive commitments that characterized the field from the start, and a biological commitment: understanding language as adaptive behavior of (human) organisms in the niche(s) that they inhabit. Drawing on the model of biological explanation (“Tinbergen’s four why’s”), Verhagen shows how proximate (individual level) and ultimate (population level) explanations apply to several features of language, shedding new light on basic notions like conventionality and entrenchment, norms/rules and habits, etc., and their causal connections. Topics include the relation between language, culture, and thinking, the role of language in social cognition and narrative, the evolution of sound structure and grammar, semantic change, and more.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Historical Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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