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The Nature And Origin Of Language

Author : Denis Bouchard
ISBN : 9780199681624
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This book looks at how the human brain got the capacity for language and how language then evolved. The author argues that language is a system of signs, considers how these elements first came together in the brain, and examines the brain mechanisms that allowed their formation. He shows that his explanation of language origins and evolution is consistent with the complex properties of languages and that it offers insights to both language learnability andconstructions that have defied decades of linguistic analysis. This outstandingly original account will interest linguists, cognitive scientists, and others interested in the evolution of language.

The Nature And Origin Of Language

Author : Denis Bouchard
ISBN : 9780191503856
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This book looks at how the human brain got the capacity for language and how language then evolved. Its four parts are concerned with different views on the emergence of language, with what language is, how it evolved in the human brain, and finally how this process led to the properties of language. Part I considers the main approaches to the subject and how far language evolved culturally or genetically. Part II argues that language is a system of signs and considers how these elements first came together in the brain. Part III examines the evidence for brain mechanisms to allow the formation of signs. Part IV shows how the book's explanation of language origins and evolution is not only consistent with the complex properties of languages but provides the basis for a theory of syntax that offers insights into the learnability of language and to the nature of constructions that have defied decades of linguistic analysis, including including subject-verb inversion in questions, existential constructions, and long-distance dependencies. Denis Bouchard's outstandingly original account will interest linguists of all persuasions as well as cognitive scientists and others interested in the evolution of language.

Origin Of Language

Author : Roy Harris
ISBN : 1855064383
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Public debate about language in the English-speaking world during the nineteenth century turned on the issue of how language began. The notion that language was a divine gift to humanity, not shared by lower creatures, was supported by the Biblical accounts of Adam naming the animals and of the Tower of Babel. It was still accepted by leading religious authorities. But this notion was seriously brought into question by the publication of Darwin's theory of evolution. Those who rejected Darwinism ridiculed all attempts to conjure up language out of primitive calls, grunts, and ejaculations. No animals, it was pointed out, had yet achieved communication remotely resembling the use of words. On the other side were those who held that it was possible to account for the birth of language rationally as a function of the development of human communicational needs in society.

Knowledge Of Language

Author : Noam Chomsky
ISBN : 0275900258
Genre : Business & Economics
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Attempts to indentify the fundamental concepts of language, argues that the study of language reveals hidden facts about the mind, and looks at the impact of propaganda.

Language

Author : Otto Jespersen
ISBN : 0415402476
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This book was first published in 1922.

The Origin Of Language And Nations

Author : Rowland Jones
ISBN : NYPL:33433074380530
Genre : Celtic language
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On The Origin Of Language

Author : Jacob Grimm
ISBN : 9004070583
Genre : Langage et langues
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