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Language and Species - 90 edition

Language and Species (ISBN10: 0226046117; ISBN13: 9780226046112)
ISBN13: 978-0226046112
ISBN10: 0226046117

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ISBN13: 978-0226046105
ISBN10: 0226046109

Summary: Language and Species presents the most detailed and well-documented scenario to date of the origins of language. Drawing on "living linguistic fossils" such as "ape talk," the "two-word" stage of small children, and pidgin languages, and on recent discoveries in paleoanthropology, Bickerton shows how a primitive "protolanguage" could have offered Homo erectus a novel ecological niche. He goes on to demonstrate how
this protolanguage could have developed into the languages we speak today.
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Summary: Language and Species presents the most detailed and well-documented scenario to date of the origins of language. Drawing on "living linguistic fossils" such as "ape talk," the "two-word" stage of small children, and pidgin languages, and on recent discoveries in paleoanthropology, Bickerton shows how a primitive "protolanguage" could have offered Homo erectus a novel ecological niche. He goes on to demonstrate how this protolanguage could have developed into the languages we speak today. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 90
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Published: 04/28/1992
International: No

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