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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.


Author : Otto Jespersen
ISBN : 9781135662882
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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How Picturebooks Work is an innovative and engaging look at the interplay between text and image in picturebooks. The authors explore picturebooks as a specific medium or genre in literature and culture, one that prepares children for other media of communication, and they argue that picturebooks may be the most influential media of all in the socialization and representation of children. Spanning an international range of children's books, this book examine such favorites as Curious George and Frogand Toad Are Friends, along with the works of authors and illustrators including Maurice Sendak and Tove Jansson, among others. With 116 illustrations, How PicturebooksWork offers the student of children's literature a new methodology, new theories, and a new set of critical tools for examining the picturebook form.

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 Natural Origin Of Language

Author : Robin Allott
ISBN : 9781469144719
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The Natural Origin Of Language

On The Origin Of Language

Author : Wilhelm Heinrich Immanuel Bleek
ISBN : UOM:39015031217097
Genre : Autographs, South African
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New Essays On The Origin Of Language

Author : J├╝rgen Trabant
ISBN : 3110170256
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The contributions to this volume reflect the state of the art in the renewed discussion on the origin of language. Some of the most important specialists in the field - life scientists and linguists - primarily examine two aspects of the question: the origin of the language faculty and the evolution of the first language. At stake is the relation between nature and culture and between universality and historical particularity as well as cognition, communication, and the very essence of language.

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