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Author Givón, Talmy, 1936-

Title Bio-linguistics : the Santa Barbara lectures / T. Givón
Published Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub., 2002


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Description xviii, 383 pages : illustrations, portrait ; 22 cm
Contents Ch. 1. Language as a biological adaptation -- Ch. 2. The bounds of generativity and the adaptive basis of variation -- Ch. 3. The demise of competence -- Ch. 4. Human language as an evolutionary product -- Ch. 5. An evolutionary account of language processing rates -- Ch. 6. The diachronic foundations of language universals -- Ch. 7. The neuro-cognitive interpretation of 'context': Anticipating other minds -- Ch. 8. The grammar of the narrator's perspective in narrative fiction -- Ch. 9. The society of intimates -- Ch. 10. On the ontology of academic negativity -- Epilogue: Joseph Greenberg as a theorist
Summary Is human language an evolutionary adaptation? Is linguistics a natural science? These questions have bedeviled philosophers, philologists and linguists from Plato through Chomsky. Prof. Givón suggests that the answers fall naturally within an integrated study of living organisms. In this new work, Givón points out that language operates between aspects of both complex biological design and adaptive behavior. As in biology, the whole is an adaptive compromise to competing demands. Variation is the indispensable tool of learning, change and adaptation. The contrast between innateness and in
Bibliography Includes bibliography (pages [355]-375) and index
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Subject Biolinguistics.
LC no. 2002074705
ISBN 158811225X U.S. hardback alkaline paper
1588112268 U.S. paperback alkaline paper
9027225907 Eur. hardback
9027225915 Eur. paperback