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Author Bickerton, Derek.

Title Language and human behavior / Derek Bickerton
Published Seattle : University of Washington Press, [1995]


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Description 180 pages ; 24 cm
Series The Jessie and John Danz lectures
Jessie and John Danz lectures.
Contents What language is -- Language and evolution -- Language and intelligence -- Language and consciousness -- Appendix A: Samples of protolanguage
Summary According to Bickerton, the behavioral sciences have failed to give an adequate account of human nature at least partly because of the conjunction and mutual reinforcement of two widespread beliefs: that language is simply a means of communication and that human intelligence is the result of the rapid growth and unusual size of human brains. Bickerton argues that each of the properties distinguishing human intelligence and consciousness from that of other animals can be shown to derive straightforwardly from properties of language. In essence, language arose as a representational system, not a means of communication or a skill, and not a product of culture but an evolutionary adaptation. The author stresses the necessity of viewing intelligence in evolutionary terms, seeing it not as problem solving but as a way of maintaining homeostasis - the preservation of those conditions most favorable to an organism, the optimal achievable conditions for survival and well-being.
Analysis Human evolution
Language and languages
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-176) and index
Subject Historical linguistics.
Human evolution.
Language and languages.
Biological Evolution.
LC no. 95017023
ISBN 0295974575 (cloth : alk. paper)
0295974583 (paperback: alk. paper)