Language and Species presents the most detailed and well-documented scenario to date of the origins of language. Drawing on qliving linguistic fossilsq such as qape talk, q the qtwo-wordq stage of small children, and pidgin languages, and on recent discoveries in paleoanthropology, Bickerton shows how a primitive qprotolanguageq could have offered Homo erectus a novel ecological niche. He goes on to demonstrate how this protolanguage could have developed into the languages we speak today. qYou are drawn into [Bickerton's] appreciation of the dominant role language plays not only in what we say, but in what we think and, therefore, what we are.qaRobert Wright, New York Times Book Review qThe evolution of language is a fascinating topic, and Bickerton's Language and Species is the best introduction we have.qaJohn C. Marshall, NatureLanguage and Species presents the most detailed and well-documented scenario to date of the origins of language.
|Title||:||Language and Species|
|Publisher||:||University of Chicago Press - 1992-04-15|