Language, Bananas, and Bonobos presents a series of engaging reflections on concerns such as our knowledge and use of language, political correctness, and the linguistic abilities of chimpanzees. In doing so, this volume provides new insights into linguistics that are of universal interest.
"These sketches by Neil Smith's deft and expert hands provide awonderful sampling of many and diverse paths of inquiry inspired byand informing the study of language, the unexpected delights oneencounters on the way, the surprising and thought-provokinginsights, and the puzzles, paradoxes and mysteries that offer apersistent challenge to understanding of essential elements ofhuman nature." Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology
"Neil Smith has not only a profound knowledge of currentdevelopments in linguistics but also a talent for explaining theissues clearly and approachably." John Wells FBA, UniversityCollege London
"Smith is a thorough linguist with a sense of humor. Readerswill find interesting linguistic ideas in small delicate amountenough to induce a linguistic quest for more revealing information.This book offers quick linguistic treats of fresh ideas and keyfindings in linguistics." Linguistische Berichte
1. How to be the Center of the Universe.
Part I: Problems:.
3. Putting a Banana in Your Ear.
4. A Fragment of Genius.
5. Colourful Language.
6. The Structure of Noise.
Part II: Puzzles:.
10. Acquired Whining.
12. The Golem.
Part III: Polemics:.
15. Whales, Sunflowers and the Evolution of Language.
16. Jackdaws, Sex and Language Acquisition.
17. Does Chomsky Exist?.
18. Relentless Jollity, Inexorable Logic and the Nature of Mind.
19. Structural Eccentricities.
20. The Velarity of Linguists.
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 21st January 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.74 x 13.77 x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1