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The Evolutionary Emergence of Language
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The Evolutionary Emergence of Language: Evidence and Inference

Rudolf Botha and Martin Everaert

Abstract

The book presents new and stimulating approaches to the study of language evolution and considers their implications for future research. Leading scholars from linguistics, primatology, anthropology, and cognitive science consider how language evolution can be understood by means of inference from the study of linked or analogous phenomena in language, animal behaviour, genetics, neurology, culture, and biology. The introduction shows how these approaches can be interrelated and deployed together through their use of comparable forms of inference and the similar conditions they place on the us ... More

Keywords: language evolution, primatology, anthropology, animal behaviour, genetics, neurology, culture, biology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199654840
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654840.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rudolf Botha, editor
Professor of General Linguistics at the University of Stellenbosch, and a Fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study.

Martin Everaert, editor
Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Institute of Linguistics at the University of Utrecht

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Contents

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6 Neanderthal linguistic abilities: an alternative view

KATHARINE MACDONALD AND WIL ROEBROEKS

7 The archaeology of number concept and its implications for the evolution of language

THOMAS WYNN , FREDERICK L. COOLIDGE , AND KARENLEIGH A. OVERMANN

10 Exploring the gaps between primate calls and human language

ALBAN LEMASSON , KARIM OUATTARA , AND KLAUS ZUBERBÜHLER

12 FoxP2 and deep homology in the evolution of birdsong and human language*

ALAN LANGUS , JANA PETRI , MARINA NESPOR , AND CONSTANCE SCHARFF

13 Genetics, evolution, and the innateness of language

KARL C. DILLER AND REBECCA L. CANN

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