Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Jenkins, Lyle.

Title Biolinguistics : exploring the biology of language / Lyle Jenkins
Published Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
Description xiii, 264 pages ; 24 cm
Series Cambridge approaches to linguistics
Cambridge approaches to linguistics.
Contents Machine derived contents note: Introduction -- 1. The unification problem -- 2. Knowledge and use of language -- 3. Acquisition (growth) of language -- 4. Mechanisms of language -- 5. Evolution of language -- 6. Conclusion
Summary This book investigates the nature of human language and its importance for the study of the mind. In particular, it examines current work on the biology of language. Lyle Jenkins reviews the evidence that language is best characterized by a generative grammar of the kind introduced by Noam Chomsky in the 1950s and developed in various directions since that time. He then discusses research into the development of language which tries to capture both the underlying universality of human language, as well as the diversity found in individual languages (Universal Grammar). Finally, he discusses a variety of approaches to language design and the evolution of language. An important theme is the integration of biolinguistics into the natural sciences - the 'unification problem'. Jenkins also answers criticisms of the biolinguistic approach from a number of other perspectives, including evolutionary psychology, cognitive science, connectionism and ape language research, among others. -- Publisher description
Notes Title from e-book title screen (viewed October 15, 2007)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 234-253) and index
Notes Online version of the print title
System requirements: Internet connectivity, World Wide Web browser, and Adobe Acrobat reader
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Print version record
Subject Biolinguistics.
Grammar, Comparative and general.
Author ebrary, Inc.
LC no. 98045694
ISBN 0521652332