evolution of language

  • 160 Pages
  • 4.81 MB
  • English
Philosophical Library , New York
Language and languages -- Or
Statementby Rostam Keyan.
LC ClassificationsP116 .K48
The Physical Object
Paginationxv, 160 p. ;
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL4572463M
ISBN 100802222242
LC Control Number77093256

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It is not another book on the evolution of language. The author states a clear purpose to avoid offering a particular theory but to instead show how the field is a very broad endeavor that needs to respect what many researchers are doing and that needs to value a wealth of testable hypotheses.

That made sense but sounded vaguely by:   This fairly dense book discusses theories on the physical evolution of language in humans. This is looking at the biological evolution, not the cultural change that occurs in languages.

It starts with essentially a roadmap through human evolution and then talks about the various theories for different ways language may have evolved along with /5.

This is a very intelligent book, written with deep knowledge and humor. One is bound to learn quite a bit from the contents of the book.

Among other things it aims at explaining the relationships that exist between language and mental evolution, social evolution and cultural evolution, which is Cited by: We have a number of interviews on the evolution of language. Linguist and author Nicholas Ostler chooses his best books on the history and diversity of discusses the prospects for not only English, but also the 96% of all spoken languages that are spoken by only about 4% of the world’s population, choosing Dying Words: Endangered Languages and What They Have to Tell Us by.

The book focuses on English grammar and how English evolved when speakers of different languages came together. McWhorter is a professor at Columbia University, political commentator, and linguist. 2 The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language by Melvyn Bragg.

Cambridge Core - Historical Linguistics - The Evolution of Language - by W. Tecumseh Fitch. in articulate language, endeavoured to charm each other with musical notes and rhythm. Darwin () In Charles Darwin’s vision of the origins of language, early humans had already developed musical ability prior to language and were using it “to charm each other.”.

In some sense, a language, rather than being a mark of the people, becomes a mark of a geographical area where you know that particular group lives. The book also thinks about how other bigger languages have worked over the centuries and millennia and examines their evolution from the point of view of the small languages.

Appropriating the language (and clothes, and music, and) of communities of color has been a long-time cultural issue, as it causes a loss of important identity markers. When these markers are adopted by others, the ability to bond over the words is chipped away.

Slang is a shorthand, not just to language but to what links us together. Approaches to language acquisition and use have taken one of four paths: first, language structure and how structure is informed by human biology and physiology; second, the ability to acquire language among human and possibly some animal species; third, the functional conditions of language; and fourth, the history of the evolution of by: 1.

Christiansen, MH; Kirby, S (). Language evolution. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN (hardcover).

He studies the evolution of cognition and communication in animals and man, focusing on the evolution of speech, music and language. He is interested in all aspects of vocal communication in terrestrial vertebrates, particularly vertebrate vocal production in relation to the evolution of speech and music in our own species.

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The other competing theory, posed by linguist Noam Chomsky and evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould, is that language evolved as a result of other evolutionary processes, essentially making it a byproduct of evolution and not a specific adaptation.

The idea that language was a spandrel, a term coined by Gould, flew in the face of natural selection. ‎How can we unravel the evolution of language, given that there is no direct evidence about it. Rudolf Botha addresses this intriguing question in his fascinating new book.

Inferences can be drawn about language evolution from a range of other phenomena, serving as windows into this prehistoric proce. This book by two distinguished scholars—a computer scientist and a linguist—addresses the enduring question of the evolution of language. Robert Berwick and Noam Chomsky explain that until recently the evolutionary question could not be properly posed, because we did not have a clear idea of how to define “language” and therefore what.

A review of Schleicher's book Darwinism as Tested by the Science of Language appeared in the first issue of the evolutionary biology journal Nature in Darwin reiterated Schleicher's proposition in his book The Descent of Man, claiming that languages are comparable to species, and that language change occurs through natural selection.

Language allows us to share our thoughts, ideas, emotions, and intention with others. Over thousands of years, humans have developed a wide variety of systems to assign specific meaning to sounds, forming words and systems of grammar to create languages.

Many languages developed written forms using symbols to visually record their meaning. Some languages, like American Sign Language (ASL), are.

What Robin Dunbar suggests -- and his research, whether in the realm of primatology or in that of gossip, confirms -- is that humans developed language to serve the purpose that grooming served, but far more efficiently. From the nit-picking of chimpanzees to our chats at coffee break, from neuroscience to paleoanthropology, Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language offers a provocative.

Geoffrey Sampson, David Gil, and Peter Trudgill. Paperback 15 May Oxford Studies in the Evolution of Language. Language Evolution. The book surveys a wide range of examples of changes in the structure, function and vitality of languages, and suggests that similar ecologies have played the same kinds of roles in all cases of language evolution.

In his book Origins of the Modern Mind, Merlin Donald compares the loss of language in these patients to the loss of a sensory system.

The patients have lost a tool that greatly simplifies life in the world, but like a blind or deaf person, there is no diminished intellect or consciousness that accompanies this loss.

This book is the first to provide a comprehensive survey of the computational models and methodologies used for studying the evolution and origin of language and communication. Comprising contributions from the most influential figures in the field, it presents and summarises the state-of-the-art.

‎This volume comprises refereed papers and abstracts of the 10th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (EVOLANGX), held in Vienna on 14–17th April As the leading international conference in the field, the biennial EVOLANG.

The origin of language and its evolutionary emergence in the human species have been subjects of speculation for several centuries. The topic is difficult to study because of the lack of direct evidence. Consequently, scholars wishing to study the origins of language must draw inferences from other kinds of evidence such as the fossil record, archaeological evidence, contemporary language.

The evolution of human cognitive abilities, despite intensive sociological, psychoanalytic and neurobiological investigations, is poorly understood.

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The basic events of this evolution: progressive language development, technologization, increased learning aptitude, remain a field of speculations without coherent and consistent explanations. Origins and Evolution of Language and Speech (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences ; v.

) by Harnard, Steven and a great selection of related books. As with evolution, the development of language is an irresistible force - though traditionalists invariably attempt to build barriers against change.

The useful word 'hopefully' (long available to Germans as hoffentlich, and meaning 'it is to be hoped that') has in recent years been steamrollered into the English language by the public against.

Language evolution and biology. We start by examining the uniqueness of language in biological terms, in comparison with other animal communication systems. Language is a complex amalgam of lifelong learning (nonetheless including a critical period) and innateness; see Fitch, Chapter Most researchers agree that both aspects are crucial to language, but many.

This remarkable, species-specific ability to acquire any human language—“the language faculty”—raises important biological questions about language, including how it has evolved. This book by two distinguished scholars—a computer scientist and a linguist—addresses the enduring question of the evolution of language.

To understand how Latin transitioned to today’s Romance languages, let’s look at the evolution of one word. The word for grass in Latin was herba. It’s our English word for herb with an a at the end.

That same word exists in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian, but over the centuries a sound change has created a different. A work that reveals the profound links between the evolution, acquisition, and processing of language, and proposes a new integrative framework for the language sciences.

Language is a hallmark of the human species; the flexibility and unbounded expressivity of our linguistic abilities is unique in the biological world. In this book, Morten Christiansen and Nick Chater argue that to understand.The Evolution of Language Language,morethananythingelse,ars that no communication system of equivalent power exists elsewhere in the animal kingdom.

Any normal human child will learn a language based on rather sparse data in the surrounding world, while even the brightest chimpanzee, exposed to the same environment. The kind of information that language was designed to carry was not about the physical world, but rather about the social world.

Note that the issue here is not the evolution of grammar as such, but the evolution of language. Grammar would have been equally useful whether language evolved to subserve a social or a technological function.".