This volume contains a contemporary, integrated description of the processes of language. These range from fast scales (fractions of a second) to slow ones (over a million years). The contributors, all experts in their fields, address language in the brain, production of sentences and dialogues, language learning, transmission and evolutionary processes that happen over centuries or millenia, the relation between language and genes, the origins of language, self-organization, and language competition and death. The book as a whole will help to show how processes at different scales affect each other, thus presenting language as a dynamic, complex and profoundly human phenomenon.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
Number of pages: 251
Weight: 555 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm
Edition: 2013 ed.
From the reviews:
"The Language Phenomenon: Human Communication From Milliseconds to Millennia ... aims to present `topics in a manner accessible also to scientifically literate non-specialists wishing to gain insight into' areas with which they may not be familiar. ... the psychologist who wishes to broaden his or her perspective beyond psycholinguistics will find much food for thought in this volume. ... the authors have successfully reached their goal of introducing the `scientifically literate' reader to `the language phenomenon.'" (John G. Benjafield, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 58 (44), October, 2013)
"The author does a credible job on describing the biological, sociocultural, anthropological, psychological, and linguistic origins and manifestations of human language. ... The book will be of use to linguists, psychologists, biologists, and anthropologists working in this field." (Joseph J. Grenier, Amazon.com, September, 2013)
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