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Biolinguistics : Exploring the Biology of Language - Lyle Jenkins


Exploring the Biology of Language

Hardcover Published: 13th March 2000
ISBN: 9780521652339
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. It asks what language is from a biological point of view and what the relative contribution of nature and nurture is when a child learns his or her language. Finally it asks how human language evolved and considers the similarities and differences between human language and animal communication systems. Uniquely, it argues that genetic or biological endowment plays a more central role in the aquisition of language than instruction, learning, or cultural determinants.

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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: 9780521652339
ISBN-10: 0521652332
Series: Cambridge Approaches to Linguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 13th March 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.58

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