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The Inheritance and Innateness of Grammars : Vancouver Studies in Cognitive Science - Myrna Gopnik

The Inheritance and Innateness of Grammars

Vancouver Studies in Cognitive Science

By: Myrna Gopnik (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st June 1997
ISBN: 9780195115338
Number Of Pages: 240

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Is language somehow innate in the structure of the human brain, or is it completely learned? This debate is still at the heart of linguistics, especially as it intersects with psychology and cognitive science. In collecting papers which discuss the evidence and arguments regarding this difficult question, The Inheritance and Innateness of Grammars considers cases ranging from infants who are just beginning to learn the properties of a native language to language-impaired adults who will never learn one. These studies show that, while precursors of language exist in other creatures, the abilities necessary for constructing full-fledged grammars are part of the biological endowment of human beings. The essays that comprise this volume test the range and specificity of that endowment, while also contributing to our understanding of the intricate and complex relationship between language and biology.

Introductionp. 3
Referencep. 6
Evolution, Nativism and Learning in the Development of Language and Speechp. 7
Acknowledgmentp. 38
Notep. 38
Referencesp. 38
In the Beginning: on the Genetic and Environmental Factors That Make Early Language Acquisition Possiblep. 45
Acknowledgmentsp. 64
Notesp. 64
Referencesp. 66
Exploring Innateness Through Cultural and Linguistic Variationp. 70
Notep. 87
Acknowledgmentsp. 87
Notep. 88
Epidemiology of Specific Language Impairmentp. 91
Referencesp. 107
Referencesp. 107
Familial Language Impairmentp. 111
Acknowledgmentsp. 139
Notep. 139
Referencesp. 139
The Grammatical Agreement Deficit in Specific Language Impairment: Evidence from Therapy Experimentsp. 141
Notesp. 158
Acknowledgmentsp. 158
Notesp. 159
Specific Language Impairment, Cognition and the Biological Basis of Languagep. 161
Notesp. 176
Referencesp. 176
Evolutionary Biology and the Evolution of Languagep. 181
Referencesp. 205
Acknowledgmentsp. 205
A Neurobiological Approach to the Noninvariance Problem in Stop Consonant Categorizationp. 209
Referencesp. 230
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ISBN: 9780195115338
ISBN-10: 0195115333
Series: Vancouver Studies in Cognitive Science
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st June 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.77 x 16.15  x 2.21
Weight (kg): 0.58