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Language and Species

Language and Species - 90 edition

Language and Species - 90 edition

ISBN13: 9780226046112

ISBN10: 0226046117

Language and Species by Derek Bickerton - ISBN 9780226046112
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 90
Copyright: 1990
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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International: No
Language and Species by Derek Bickerton - ISBN 9780226046112

ISBN13: 9780226046112

ISBN10: 0226046117

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 90

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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.