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The Nature and Origin of Language

Denis Bouchard

Abstract

The most important is that it provides a good test for linguistic theories. It considers some current scenarios of the emergence of language. Some assume that language is a culturally evolved system of symbolic communication (Washburn; Dawkins; Byrne and Whiten; Donald; Deacon; Li and Hombert; Zuberbühler and Byrne; Dessalles; Kirby, Christiansen, and Chater). Others hypothesize that language is a genetically evolved system, as an adaptation by natural selection for communication (Jackendoff and Pinker), or as an adaptation in two steps (Bickerton), or due to a saltation for syntax (Hauser, Ch ... More

Keywords: sign theory of language, offline brain systems, origin, syntactic analysis, acquisition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199681624
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681624.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Denis Bouchard, author
Professor of Linguistics at the University of Québec in Montréal