Linguistics and Evolution: A Developmental Approach

Linguistics and Evolution: A Developmental Approach

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Julie Tetel Andresen
Cambridge University Press, 11/14/2013
EAN 9781107650114, ISBN10: 1107650119

Paperback, 314 pages, 22.6 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
Language: English

Evolutionary linguistics - an approach to language study that takes into account our origins and development as a species - has rapidly developed in recent years. Informed by the latest findings in evolutionary theory, this book sets language within the context of human biology and development, taking ideas from fields such as psychology, neurology, biology, anthropology, genetics and cognitive science. By factoring an evolutionary and developmental perspective into the theoretical framework, the author replaces old questions - such as 'what is language?' - with new questions, such as 'how do living beings become 'languaging' living beings?' Linguistics and Evolution offers readers the first rethinking of an introductory approach to linguistics since Leonard Bloomfield's 1933 Language. It will be of significant interest to advanced students and researchers in all subfields of linguistics, and the related fields of biology, anthropology, cognitive science and psychology.

historiography's contribution to theoretical linguistics
Part I. Theoretical Considerations
1. Language languaging
2. Developmental systems theory
3. A twist in the cognitive turn
Part II. A Developmental Systems Linguistics
4. Evolutionary scenarios I, the standard story and the self-reproductionist script
5. Evolutionary scenarios II, the emerging story and the self-realizationist script
6. The ontogenic script begins
7. The ontogenic script continues
Part III. What To Do Next
8. Revisit, Skinner, Chomsky and construction grammar
9. Revise, introductory linguistics textbooks.

Advance praise: 'This volume fulfils a most needed gap in linguistics and has a most important and controversial message for future linguists. I would definitely recommend it as required reading in an advanced linguistics course.' Yishai Tobin, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Advance praise: '… breaks the existing deadlock in linguistic theory and suggests an approach that will be in the center of debates for years to come. Highly informative and stimulating reading.' Bernard H. Bichakjian, Professor Emeritus, Radboud University and author of Language in a Darwinian Perspective