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Linguistic Evolution through Language Acquisition - Ted Briscoe

Linguistic Evolution through Language Acquisition

By: Ted Briscoe (Editor)

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Published: 16th September 2002
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This is a new and groundbreaking study of how children acquire language and how this affects language change over generations. Written by an international team of experts, the volume proceeds from the basis that we can not only address the language faculty per se within the framework of evolutionary theory, but also the origins and subsequent development of languages themselves; languages evolve via cultural rather than biological transmission on a historical rather than genetic timescale. The book is distinctive in utilizing computational simulation and modeling to help ensure the theories constructed are complete and precise. Drawing on a wide range of examples, the book covers the why and how of specific syntactic universals; the nature of syntactic change; the language-learning mechanisms required to acquire an existing linguistic system accurately and to impose further structure on an emerging system; and the evolution of language(s) in relation to this learning mechanism.

'The most important contribution of this book lies in the many detailed examples of the emergence of structured representations that it offers.' Journal of Linguistics

Introduction
Learned systems of arbitrary reference: the foundation of human linguistic uniqueness
Bootstrapping grounded word semantics
Linguistic structure and the evolution of words
The negotiation and acquisition of recursive grammars as a result of competition among exemplars
Learning, bottlenecks and the evolution of recursive syntax
Theories of cultural evolution and their application to language change
The learning guided evolution of natural language
Grammatical acquisition and linguistic selection
Expression/induction models of language evolution: dimensions and issues
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ISBN: 9780521662994
ISBN-10: 0521662990
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 16th September 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.7