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Origins of Language: Constraints on hypotheses - Converging Evidence in Language and Communication Research 5 (Hardback)
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Origins of Language: Constraints on hypotheses - Converging Evidence in Language and Communication Research 5 (Hardback)

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Hardback 357 Pages / Published: 17/02/2005
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Sverker Johansson has written an unusual book on language origins, with its emphasis on empirical evidence rather than theory-building. This is a book for the student or researcher who prefers solid data and well-supported conclusions, over speculative scenarios. Much that has been written on the origins of language is characterized by hypothesizing largely unconstrained by evidence. But empirical data do exist, and the purpose of this book is to integrate and review the available evidence from all relevant disciplines, not only linguistics but also, e.g., neurology, primatology, paleoanthropology, and evolutionary biology. The evidence is then used to constrain the multitude of scenarios for language origins, demonstrating that many popular hypotheses are untenable. Among the issues covered: (1) Human evolutionary history, (2) Anatomical prerequisites for language, (3) Animal communication and ape "language", (4) Mind and language, (5) The role of gesture, (6) Innateness, (7) Selective advantage of language, (8) Proto-language.

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Co
ISBN: 9789027238917
Number of pages: 357
Weight: 800 g
Dimensions: 245 x 164 mm

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