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Language Origin : A Multidisciplinary Approach - Jan Wind

Language Origin

A Multidisciplinary Approach

By: Jan Wind (Editor), Brunetto Chiarelli (Editor), Bernard H. Bichakjian (Editor), Alberto Nocentini (Editor), Abraham Jonker (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st March 1992
ISBN: 9780792313694
Number Of Pages: 558

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"Language Origin: A Multidisciplinary Approach" presents a synthesis of viewpoints and data on linguistic, psychological, anatomical and behavioural studies on living species of Primates and provides a comparative framework for the evaluation of palaeoanthropological studies. This double endeavour makes it possible to direct new research on the nature and evolution of human language and cognition. The book is directed to students of linguistics, biology, anthropology, anatomy, physiology, neurology, psychology, archaeology, palaeontology and other related fields. A better understanding of speech pathology may stem from a better understanding of the relationship of human communication to the evolution of our species. The book is conceived as a timely contribution to such knowledge since it allows a systematic assessment of the origins of human language from a comprehensive array of scientific viewpoints.

The Director's Address: The Reason for a Meeting and the Historical Background
General Considerations
History of Glottogonic Theoriesp. 3
Speech Origin: A Reviewp. 21
Adaptationist and Nativist Positions on Language Origins: A Critiquep. 39
Cranial Anatomy
A Systematic Relationship between Brain Size Increase and Larynx Transformation during Hominizationp. 51
Auditory Ossicles and the Evolution of the Primate Ear: A Biomechanical Approachp. 67
Basic Features of Cortical Connectivity and Some Consideration on Languagep. 89
The Motor Theory of Language: Origin and Functionp. 105
The Neural Circuitry Underlying Primate Calls and Human Languagep. 121
Evolving Mixed-Media Messages and Grammatical Language: Secondary Uses of the Neural Sequencing Machinery Needed for Ballistic Movementsp. 163
The Contribution of Psycholinguistics to the Study of Language Originsp. 183
Cerebral Lateralization of Human Languages. Clinical and Experimental Datap. 195
The Origin of Visible Languagep. 225
Implications of the Evolution of Writing for the Origin of Language: Can a Paleoneurologist Find Happiness in the Neolithic?p. 235
Comparative Psychology
Prelinguistic Development of Children and Chimpanzeesp. 245
Language Origin: the Role of Animal Cognitionp. 265
Evolution and Lateralization of the Two Great Primate Action Systemsp. 281
The Primate Isolation Call and the Evolution and Physiological Control of Human Speechp. 301
Vocal Communication of Pan troglogytes: "Triangulating" to the Origin of Spoken Languagep. 323
Early Signs of Language in Cross-fostered Chimpanzeesp. 351
Fossil Skulls and Hominid Vocal Tracts: New Approaches to Charting the Evolution of Human Speechp. 385
On the Evolutionary Biology of Speech and Syntaxp. 399
The Origin of Language: An Anthropological Approachp. 421
On Emergent Pre-Language and Language Evolution and Transcendent Feedback from Language Production on Cognition and Emotion in Early Manp. 449
General Linguistics
Roots of Language: The Forbidden Experimentp. 467
Pragmatics and the Evolution of Syntaxp. 479
Historical Linguistics
Language Evolution: Evidence from Historical Linguisticsp. 497
Evolution in Language: Evidence from the Romance Auxiliaryp. 517
Pre-Linguistic Roots of Language and Its Innate Ideasp. 531
On the Origins of Philosophical Languagep. 541
Indexp. 551
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ISBN: 9780792313694
ISBN-10: 0792313690
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 558
Published: 31st March 1992
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.16