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Biolinguistics : Exploring the Biology of Language - Lyle Jenkins


Exploring the Biology of Language

Paperback Published: 2nd May 2001
ISBN: 9780521003919
Number Of Pages: 280

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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.

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'Jenkin's book is useful for the range of topics it discusses, and for the historical dimension that it provides on biolinguistic exploration as seen from a Chomskyan viewpoint.' Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy, Diachronica

The unification problem
Knowledge and use of language
Acquisition (growth) of language
Mechanisms of language
Evolution of language
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ISBN: 9780521003919
ISBN-10: 0521003911
Series: Exploring the Biology of Language
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 2nd May 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.41

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