New Perspectives on the Origins of Language

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| Université du Quebec à Montréal
| Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
| Université du Quebec à Montréal / Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
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The question of how language emerged is one of the most fascinating and difficult problems in science. In recent years, a strong resurgence of interest in the emergence of language from an evolutionary perspective has been helped by the convergence of approaches, methods, and ideas from several disciplines. The selection of contributions in this volume highlight scenarios of language origin and the prerequisites for a faculty of language based on biological, historical, social, cultural, and paleontological forays into the conditions that brought forth and favored language emergence, augmented by insights from sister disciplines. The chapters all reflect new speculation, discoveries and more refined research methods leading to a more focused understanding of the range of possibilities and how we might choose among them. There is much that we do not yet know, but the outlines of the path ahead are ever clearer.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 144]  2013.  xvi, 582 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface
vii–viii
Introduction
ix–xvi
Part 1. General perspectives and issues on language origins
Historical, Darwinian, and current perspectives on the origin(s) of language
Henri Cohen
3–30
The origin of language as seen by eighteenth-century philosophy
Sylvian Auroux
31–52
Cognitive and social aspects of language origins
Alan Barnard
53–72
Part 2. At the roots of language
Reconstructed fossil vocal tracts and the production of speech: Phylogenetic and ontogenetic considerations
Jean-Louis Boë, Jean Granat, Jean-Louis Heim, Pierre Badin, Guillaume Barbier, Guillaume Captier, Antoine Serrurier, Pascal Perrier, Nicolas Kielwasser and Jean-Luc Schwartz
75–128
Paleoanthropology and language
Ian Tattersall
129–146
Material culture and language
Benoît Dubreuil and Christopher S. Henshilwood
147–170
Gestural theory of the origins of language
Michael C. Corballis
171–184
Part 3. Communication and language origins
Primate communication
Klaus Zuberbühler
187–210
FoxP2 and vocalization
Stephanie White
211–236
Brain lateralization and the emergence of language
Nathalie Tzourio-Mazoyer and Cyril Courtin
237–256
Sensorimotor constraints and the organization of sound patterns
Lucie Ménard
257–278
Symbol grounding and the origin of language: From show to tell
Alexandre Blondin Massé, Stevan Harnad, Olivier Picard and Bernard St-Louis
279–298
Part 4. Linguistic views on language origins
Sound patterns and conceptual content of the first words
Peter F. MacNeilage
301–332
Brave new words
Pierre J. Bancel and Alain Matthey de l'Etang
333–378
On the origin of Grammar
Bernd Heine, Gunther Kaltenböck and Tania Kuteva
379–406
Arbitrary signs and the emergence of language
Denis Bouchard
407–440
On the relevance of pidgins and creoles in the debate on the origins of language
Claire Lefebvre
441–484
Part 5. Computational modeling of language origins
Modeling cultural evolution: Language acquisition as multiple-cue integration
Morten H. Christiansen
487–504
How language emerges in situated embodied interactions
Luc Steels
505–532
Emergence of communication and language in evolving robots
Stefano Nolfi
533–554
Evolving a bridge from praxis to language
Michael A. Arbib
555–578
Index
579–582
Subjects
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2013034988
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