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The Evolution Of Language

Author : Andrew D. M. Smith
ISBN : 9789814295222
Genre : Historical linguistics
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This volume comprises refereed papers and abstracts of the 8th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (EVOLANG8), held in Utrecht on 14-17 April 2010. As the leading international conference in the field, the biennial EVOLANG meeting is characterized by an invigorating, multidisciplinary approach to the origins and evolution of human language, and brings together researchers from many subject areas, including anthropology, archaeology, biology, cognitive science, computer science, genetics, linguistics, neuroscience, palaeontology, primatology and psychology. The latest theoretical, experimental and modelling research on language evolution is presented in this collection, including contributions from many leading scientists in the field.

Simulating The Evolution Of Language

Author : Angelo Cangelosi
ISBN : 9781447106630
Genre : Computers
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This book is the first to provide a comprehensive survey of the computational models and methodologies used for studying the evolution and origin of language and communication. Comprising contributions from the most influential figures in the field, it presents and summarises the state-of-the-art in computational approaches to language evolution, and highlights new lines of development. Essential reading for researchers and students in the fields of evolutionary and adaptive systems, language evolution modelling and linguistics, it will also be of interest to researchers working on applications of neural networks to language problems. Furthermore, due to the fact that language evolution models use multi-agent methodologies, it will also be of great interest to computer scientists working on multi-agent systems, robotics and internet agents.

Approaches To The Evolution Of Language

Author : James R. Hurford
ISBN : 0521639646
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This is one of the first systematic attempts to bring language within the neo-Darwinian framework of modern evolutionary theory, without abandoning the vast gains in phonology and syntax achieved by formal linguistics over the past forty years. The contributors, linguists, psychologists, and paleoanthropologists, address such questions as: what is language as a category of behavior; is it an instrument of thought or of communication; what do individuals know when they know a language; what cognitive, perceptual, and motor capacities must they have to speak, hear, and understand a language? For the past two centuries, scientists have tended to see language function as largely concerned with the exchange of practical information. By contrast, this volume takes as its starting point the view of human intelligence as social, and of language as a device for forming alliances, in exploring the origins of the sound patterns and formal structures that characterize language.

The Evolution Of Language Out Of Pre Language

Author : Talmy Givón
ISBN : 1588112373
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Essays discuss the brain and its role in making language possible, recognizing and understanding language elements, social aspects of language development, and other areas of language learning.

Grooming Gossip And The Evolution Of Language

Author : Robin Dunbar
ISBN : 9780571265183
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Did mankind evolve unusually large brains simply in order to gossip? Primates differ from other animals by the intensity of their social relationships, by the amount of time they spend grooming one another. Not just a matter of hygiene, grooming is all about cementing bonds, making friends and influencing your fellow ape. Early humans, in their characteristic large groups of 150 or so, would have had to spend almost half their time in mutual grooming. Instead, Professor Robin Dunbar argues, they evolved a more efficient mechanism: language. It seems there is nothing idle about idle chatter. Having a good gossip ensures that a dynamic group - of hunter-gatherers, soldiers, workmates - remains cohesive. Men and women 'gossip' equally, but men tend to talk about themselves, while women talk more about other people, working to strengthen the female-female relationships that underpin both human and primate societies. Until now, most anthropologists have assumed that language developed in male-male relationships, during activities such as hunting. Dunbar's intriguing research suggests that, to the contrary, language evolved among women.

Unravelling The Evolution Of Language

Author : Rudolf P. Botha
ISBN : 0080443184
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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"What blocks the way to a better understanding of language evolution, it is widely held, is above all a paucity of factual evidence. Not so, argues Unravelling the Evolution of Language. This book finds the main obstacle, instead, in a poverty of a specific kind of theory - restrictive theory. It shows, too, that this poverty of restrictive theory is one of the root causes of the paucity of factual evidence." "This book is for scholars working on problems of language evolution in a variety of fields, including the various subfields of linguistics, psycholinguistics, (evolutionary) psychology, archaeology, cognitive science, palaeontology, evolutionary biology, evolutionary theory, neuroscience (neurology), anatomy, physiology, genetics, primatology, ethology, computer/mathematical modelling."--BOOK JACKET.

Ideophones And The Evolution Of Language

Author : John Haiman
ISBN : 9781107069602
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This book argues that ideophones provide the 'missing link' in our knowledge of how communication has evolved to become the spoken language of today.

The Evolution Of Language

Author : W. Tecumseh Fitch
ISBN : 9780521859936
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This book brings together the most important insights from the vast amount of literature on the origin of language.

The Evolution Of Language

Author : Angelo Cangelosi
ISBN : 9789812774262
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This volume comprises refereed papers and abstracts from the 6th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (EVOLANG6). The biennial EVOLANG conference focuses on the origins and evolution of human language, and brings together researchers from many disciplines including anthropology, archaeology, artificial life, biology, cognitive science, computer science, ethology, genetics, linguistics, neuroscience, palaeontology, primatology, and psychology. The collection presents the latest theoretical, experimental and modeling research on language evolution, and includes contributions from the leading scientists in the field, including T Fitch, V Gallese, S Mithen, D Parisi, A Piazza & L Cavali Sforza, R Seyfarth & D Cheney, L Steels, L Talmy and M Tomasello. Contents: The Mirror System Hypothesis: From a Macaque-Like Mirror System to Imitation (M A Arbib et al.); Language Learning, Power Laws, and Sexual Selection (T Briscoe); On the Emergence of Compositionality (J de Beule & B K Bergen); Simulation Model for the Evolution of Language with Spatial Topology (C Di Chio & P Di Chio); A Comparison of the Articulatory Parameters Involved in the Production of Sound of Bonobos and Modern Humans (D Demolin & V Delvaux); Innateness and Culture in the Evolution of Language (M Dowman et al.); Proto-Propositions (J R Hurford); Language Co-Evolved with the Rule of Law (C Knight); and other papers. Readership: Graduate students and researchers with an interest in language and its evolution, as well as by members of the public who are interested in evolution, the origins of language, and popular science.

The Gestural Origin Of Language

Author : David F. Armstrong
ISBN : 0198036914
Genre : Psychology
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In The Gestural Origin of Language, Sherman Wilcox and David Armstrong use evidence from and about sign languages to explore the origins of language as we know it today. According to their model, it is sign, not spoken languages, that is the original mode of human communication. The authors demonstrate that modern language is derived from practical actions and gestures that were increasingly recognized as having the potential to represent, and hence to communicate. In other words, the fundamental ability that allows us to use language is our ability to use pictures or icons, rather than linguistic symbols. Evidence from the human fossil record supports the authors' claim by showing that we were anatomically able to produce gestures and signs before we were able to speak fluently. Although speech evolved later as a secondary linguistic communication device that eventually replaced sign language as the primary mode of communication, speech has never entirely replaced signs and gestures. As the first comprehensive attempt to trace the origin of grammar to gesture, this volume will be an invaluable resource for students and professionals in psychology, linguistics, and philosophy.

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