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Author Bickerton, Derek.

Title Language & species / Derek Bickerton
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [1990]


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Description x, 297 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents The continuity paradox -- Language as representation : the atlas -- Language as representation : the itineraries -- The origins of representational systems -- The fossils of language -- The world of the protolanguage -- From protolanguage to language -- Mind, consciousness, and knowledge -- The nature of the species
Summary 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. --From publisher's description
Analysis Language
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-290) and index
Subject Human evolution.
Language and languages -- Origin.
Biological Evolution.
LC no. 90035922
ISBN 0226046109 (alk. paper)
Other Titles Language and species
Language and species