The Evolution of Language out of Pre-language

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The contributors to this volume are linguists, psychologists, neuroscientists, primatologists, and anthropologists who share the assumption that language, just as mind and brain, are products of biological evolution. The rise of human language is not viewed as a serendipitous mutation that gave birth to a unique linguistic organ, but as a gradual, adaptive extension of pre-existing mental capacities and brain structures. The contributors carefully study brain mechanisms, diachronic change, language acquisition, and the parallels between cognitive and linguistic structures to weave a web of hypotheses and suggestive empirical findings on the origins of language and the connections of language to other human capacities. The chapters discuss brain pathways that support linguistic processing; origins of specific linguistic features in temporal and hierarchical structures of the mind; the possible co-evolution of language and the reasoning about mental states; and the aspects of language learning that may serve as models of evolutionary change.



[Typological Studies in Language, 53]  2002.  x, 394 pp.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
T. Givón and Bertram F. Malle
vii
Part 1. Language and the brain
1. The visual information-processing system as an evolutionaryprecursor of human language
T. Givón
3–50
2. Embodied meaning: An evolutionary-developmental analysis of adaptive semantics
Don M. Tucker
51–82
3. Missing links, issues and hypotheses in the evolutionary origin of language
Charles N. Li
83–106
Part 2. Language and cognition
4. Sequentiality as the basis of constituent structure
Joan L. Bybee
107–134
5. The internal structure of the syllable: An ontogenetic perspective on origins
Barbara L. Davis and Peter F. MacNeilage
135–153
6. On the origins of intersyllabic complexity
Peter F. MacNeilage and Barbara L. Davis
155–170
7. On the pre-linguistic origins of language processing rates
Marjorie Barker and T. Givón
171–214
8. The clausal structure of linguistic and pre-linguistic behavior
Gertraud Fenk-Oczlon and August Fenk
215–229
Part 3. Language and social cognition
9. The gradual emergence of language
Brian MacWhinney
231–263
10. The relation between language and theory of mind in development and evolution
Bertram F. Malle
265–284
11. The rise of intentional understanding in human development: Analogies to the ontogenesis of language
Dare A. Baldwin
285–305
Part 4. Language development
12. The emergence of grammar in early child language
Michael Tomasello
309–328
13. Why does exposure to language matter?
Jill P. Morford
329–341
14. Getting a handle on language creation
Susan Goldin-Meadow
343–374
15. Language evolution, acquisition, diachrony: Probing the parallels
Dan I. Slobin
375–392
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2002027967