Origins of Complex Language: An Inquiry into the Evolutionary Beginnings of Sentences, Syllables, an - Carstairs-McCarthy, Andrew

Origins of Complex Language: An Inquiry into the Evolutionary Beginnings of Sentences, Syllables, an

Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy

Yayınevi: Oxford University Press

Yayın tarihi: 06/1999

ISBN: 9780198238218

İngilizce | 272 Sayfa | 15,65 x 23,32 x 1,65 cm.

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`an extremely interesting line of inquiry'
Wolfram Hinzen, Linguistics and Philosophy

`for those aiming to demote language origins to the status of a mechanical puzzle, this book offers an ingenious solution.'
Chris Knight

`This book offers a superb review of recent debates on the origins of language, supported by an exhaustive and up-to-date bibliography. This in itself makes it a worthwhile buy. The scholarship is meticulous, displaying close familiarity with most central controversies in the field.
Carstairs-McCarthy not only reviews others work; he also presents us with an original theory of his own. The novelty of his approach is the relentlessness with which he pursues mechanistic explanations for everything.'
Chris Knight, JRAI, June 2000.

`I would recommend the book to anyone who is not afraid to confront a controversial approach to ideas about language'
Laurie Bauer, Victoria University of Wellington

`surprisingly gripping, reading in some ways as much like a detective story as like the serious linguistic and philosophical treatise that it is.'
Laurie Bauer, Victoria University of Wellington

`This book is a joy to read and review. It combines insight into differing theoretical approaches with a knowledge of recent developments in language acquisition, the structure of the brain, primatology, and human evolution. In addition, Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy writes in an engaging style
that makes the reader want to learn more.'
Catherine A. Callaghan, Ohio State University

`I urge readers with an interest in the evolution of language to buy this book. My brief synopsis cannot do it justice, and the author's detailed exposition of competing theories makes the book an ideal textbook for seminars on language evolution, even for those who disagree with his central
thesis. His extensive bibliography facilitates further research into this fascinating subject.'
Catherine A. Callaghan, Ohio State University

`I was dazzled by the level of erudition manifested by OCL and its uncanny ability to marshal an astonishingly diverse and seemingly unrelated set of facts in support of its controversial hypothesis. Whatever its flaws, there is nothing like it in the language evolution literature. This book,
I predict, will take over from Bickerton's 'Language and Species' the status of point of departure for all linguistically informed studies of biological evolution of grammer'
F Newmeyer, Journal of Linguistics

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