The Resource The Oxford handbook of language evolution, edited by Maggie Tallerman and Kathleen R. Gibson, (electronic resource)

The Oxford handbook of language evolution, edited by Maggie Tallerman and Kathleen R. Gibson, (electronic resource)

The Oxford handbook of language evolution
The Oxford handbook of language evolution
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edited by Maggie Tallerman and Kathleen R. Gibson
  • Leading scholars present critical accounts of every aspect of the field, including work in animal behaviour; anatomy, genetics and neurology; the prehistory of language; the development of our uniquely linguistic species; and language creation transmission, and change
  • "In The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution, sixty leading scholars present critical accounts of every aspect of the field. Its five parts are devoted to insights from comparative animal behavior; the biology of language evolution (anatomy, genetics, and neurology); the prehistory of language (when and why did language evolve?); the development of a linguistic species; and language creation, transmission, and change. Research on language evolution has burgeoned over the last three decades. Interdisciplinary activity has produced fundamental advances in the understanding of language evolution and in human and primate evolution more generally. The book presents a wide-ranging summation of work in all the disciplines involved. It highlights the links in different lines of research, shows what has been achieved to date, and considers the most promising directions for future work"--Publisher
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.O946 2012
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non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Oxford handbooks in linguistics
The Oxford handbook of language evolution, edited by Maggie Tallerman and Kathleen R. Gibson, (electronic resource)
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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  • Kathleen R. Gibson
  • James R. Hurford
  • The origins of language in manual gestures
  • Michael C. Corballis
  • From sensorimotor categories and pantomime to grounded symbols and propositions
  • Stevan Harnad
  • The symbol concept
  • Terrence W. Deacon
  • Words came first :
  • adaptations for word-learning
  • Robbins Burling
  • Primate social cognition as a precursor to language
  • The emergence of phonetic form
  • Michael Studdert-Kennedy
  • The evolution of phonology
  • Peter F. MacNeilage
  • The evolution of morphology
  • Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy
  • What is syntax?
  • Maggie Tallerman
  • The origins of syntactic language
  • Derek Bickerton
  • Robert M. Seyfarth and Dorothy L. Cheney
  • The evolutionary relevance of more and less complex forms of language
  • Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy
  • Protolanguage
  • Maggie Tallerman
  • The emergence of language, from a biolinguistic point of view
  • Cedric Boeckx
  • Introduction to part V :
  • language change, creation, and transmission
  • Maggie Tallerman and Kathleen R. Gibson
  • Grammaticalization theory as a tool for reconstructing language evolution
  • Cooperative breeding and the evolution of vocal flexibility
  • Bernd Heine and Tania Kuteva
  • Domain-general processes as the basis for grammar
  • Joan Bybee
  • Pidgins, creoles, and the creation of language
  • Paul T. Roberge
  • What modern-day gesture can tell us about language evolution
  • Susan Goldin-Meadow
  • Monogenesis or polygenesis :
  • a single ancestral language for all humanity?
  • Johanna Nichols
  • Klaus Zuberbühler
  • Prehistoric population contact and language change
  • Brigitte Pakendorf
  • Why formal models are useful for evolutionary linguists
  • Kenny Smith
  • Language is an adaptive system :
  • the role of cultural evolution in the origins of structure
  • Simon Kirby
  • Robotics and embodied agents modelling of the evolution of language
  • Angelo Cangelosi
  • Self-organization and language evolution
  • Gesture as the most flexible modality of primate communication
  • Bart de Boer
  • Statistical learning and language acquisition
  • Katharing Graf Estes
  • A solution of the logical problem of language evolution :
  • language as an adaptation to the human brain
  • Nick Chater and Morten H. Christiansen
  • Frans B.M. de Waal and Amy S. Pollick
  • Have we underestimated great ape vocal capacities?
  • Katie Slocombe
  • Bird song and language
  • Introduction :
  • Peter Slater
  • Vocal communication and cognition in cetaceans
  • Vincent M. Janik
  • Evolution of communication and language :
  • insights from parrots and songbirds
  • Irene M. Pepperberg
  • Are other animals as smart as great apes?
  • Do others provide better models for the evolution of speech or language?
  • Kathleen R. Gibson
  • Introduction to part II :
  • the evolution of language
  • the biology of language evolution :
  • anatomy, genetics, and neurology
  • Kathleen R. Gibson and Maggie Tallerman
  • Innateness and human language :
  • a biological perspective
  • W. Tecumseh Fitch
  • Evolutionary biological foundations of the origin of language :
  • the co-evolution of language and brain
  • Szabolcs Számadó and Eörs Szathmáry
  • Genetic influences on language evolution :
  • Maggie Tallerman and Kathleen R. Gibson
  • an evaluation of the evidence
  • Karl C. Diller and Rebecca L. Cann
  • Not the neocortex alone :
  • other brain structures also contribute to speech and language
  • Kathleen R. Gibson
  • The mimetic origins of language
  • Merlin Donald
  • Evolution of behavioural and brain asymmetries in primates
  • William D. Hopkins and Jacques Vauclair
  • Towards an evolutionary biology of language through comparative neuroanatomy
  • Introduction to part I :
  • Wendy K. Wilkins
  • Mirror systems :
  • evolving imitation and the bridge from praxis to language
  • Michael A. Arbib
  • Cognitive prerequisites for the evolution of indirect speech
  • Frederick L. Coolidge and Thomas Wynn
  • The anatomical and physiological basis of human speech production :
  • adaptations and exaptations
  • Ann MacLarnon
  • Introduction to part III :
  • insights from comparative animal behavior
  • the pre-history of language :
  • when and why did language evolve?
  • Kathleen R. Gibson and Maggie Tallerman
  • Molecular perspectives on human evolution
  • Rebecca L. Cann
  • The fossil record :
  • evidence for speech in early hominins
  • Bernard A. Wood and Amy L. Bauernfeind
  • The genus homo and the origins of 'humanness'
  • Alan Mann
  • Kathleen R. Gibson and Maggie Tallerman
  • The palaeolithic record
  • Thomas Wynn
  • Musicality and language
  • Steven Mithen
  • Linguistic implications of the earliest personal ornaments
  • Francesco d'Errico and Marian Vanhaeren
  • Inferring modern language from ancient objects
  • Rudolf Botha
  • Natural selection-itis
  • David Lightfoot
  • Language or protolanguage?
  • The role of hominin mothers and infants in prelinguistic evolution
  • Dean Falk
  • Infant-directed speech and language evolution
  • Bart de Boer
  • Displays of vocal and verbal complexity :
  • a fitness account of language, situated in development
  • John L. Locke
  • Tool-dependent foraging strategies and the origin of language
  • Kathleen R. Gibson
  • Gossip and the social origins of language
  • A review of the ape language literature
  • Robin I.M. Dunbar
  • Social conditions for the evolutionary emergence of language
  • Chris Knight and Camilla Power
  • Introduction to part IV :
  • launching language :
  • the development of a linguistic species
  • Maggie Tallerman and Kathleen R. Gibson
  • The role of evolution in shaping the human language faculty
  • Stephen R. Anderson
  • The origins of meaning
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1 online resource (xxv, 763 pages)
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  • (OCoLC)794532524
  • ebl0191617393

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