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TitleA Critical Introduction to Language Evolution [electronic resource] : Current Controversies and Future Prospects / by Ljiljana Progovac
ImprintCham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer, 2019
Edition 1st ed. 2019
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Descript XIV, 86 p. 17 illus. online resource


This book provides a critical introduction to the current views and controversies regarding language evolution. It sheds new light on hot topics such as: How ancient is language? Did Neanderthals have some form of language? Did language evolve gradually and incrementally, through stages, or suddenly, in one leap, in all its complexity? Does language evolution involve natural selection or not? This book is essential reading for scholars and students interested in language evolution, especially those in the fields of linguistics, psychology, biology, anthropology, and neuroscience.


Editor introduction; Helen Aristar-Dry -- 1. Introduction to Divergent Views -- 2. Sudden (Saltationist) Approaches to Language Evolution -- 3. Gradualist Approaches to Language Evolution -- 4. Putting it all Together: The Language-Brain-Genes Loop

Historical linguistics Grammar Comparative and general Linguistic anthropology Cognitive grammar Language History. Syntax. Popular Science in Linguistics. Linguistic Anthropology. Cognitive Linguistics.


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