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Title: Variation and Universals in Biolinguistics
Edited By: Lyle Jenkins
Series Title: NHLS:LV

Jenkins has succeeded in putting together a terrific volume. Some of the most creative minds in the fields tackle questions of utmost importance in biolinguistics. The clarity with which these essays are written and the insights expressed in them are sure to provide solid foundations for research in linguistics and related fields for years to come. A truly outstanding collection!
Cedric Boeckx, Harvard University, USA


Variation in Typology, Acquisition and Change:
Antisymmetry and Japanese, R. Kayne
Toward a Theory of Language Growth, C. Yang
Phase Transitions in Language Evolution, P. Niyogi

Variation in Genetics and Domain Specificity:
Genetic Differences and Language Affinities, I. Dupanloup
Beyond Narrow Syntax, S. Avrutin
Evidence for and Implications of a Domain-Specific Grammatical Deficit,
H.K.J. van der Lely

Neurological Variation and Language Emergence:
The Representation of Grammatical Knowledge in the Brain, A. Caramazza, K.
Variation in Broca's Region: Preliminary Cross-Methodological Comparisons,
Y. Grodzinsky
Language Emergence in a Language-Ready Brain: Acquisition, J. Kegl

Variation in Development Genetics and Language Disorders:
Lenneberg's Dream: Learning, Normal Language Development and Specific
Language Impairment, K. Wexler
Exploring the Phenotype of Specific Language Impairment: a Look at
Grammatical Variability, L. Leonard
The Investigation of Genetic Dysphasia, M. Gopnik

Unification of Linguistics into the Natural Sciences:
Unification in Biolinguistics, L. Jenkins
The Immune Syntax: The Evolution of the Language Virus, M.
Piattelli-Palmarini, J. Uriagereka
Language and Mind: Current Thoughts on Ancient Problems, N. Chomsky

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Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): Japanese
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0444512314
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 421
Prices: U.S. $ 90
U.K. £ 60