The Resource Adam's tongue : how humans made language, how language made humans, Derek Bickerton

Adam's tongue : how humans made language, how language made humans, Derek Bickerton

Label
Adam's tongue : how humans made language, how language made humans
Title
Adam's tongue
Title remainder
how humans made language, how language made humans
Statement of responsibility
Derek Bickerton
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
How language evolved has been called "the hardest problem in science." Linguist Derek Bickerton shows how and why previous attempts to solve that problem have fallen short. This book is the first that thoroughly integrates the story of how language evolved with the story of how humans evolved. Taking cues from topics as diverse as the foraging strategies of ants, the distribution of large prehistoric herbivores, and the construction of ecological niches, Bickerton produces a dazzling new alternative to the conventional wisdom. Language is unique to humans, but it isn't the only thing that sets us apart from other species--our cognitive powers are qualitatively different. So could there be two separate discontinuities between humans and the rest of nature? No, says Bickerton; he shows how the mere possession of symbolic units--words--automatically opened a new and different cognitive universe.--From publisher description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bickerton, Derek
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
P106
LC item number
.B4667 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Language and languages
  • Human evolution
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Human evolution
  • Language and languages
  • Psycholinguistics
  • évolution (biologie)
  • évolution (biologie)
  • Sprachursprung
Label
Adam's tongue : how humans made language, how language made humans, Derek Bickerton
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [259]-271) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The size of the problem -- Thinking like engineers -- Singing apes? -- Chatting apes? -- Niches aren't everything (they-re the only thing) -- Our ancestors in their niches -- Go to the ant, thou sluggard -- The big bang -- The challenge from Chomsky -- Making up our minds -- An acorn grows to a sapling -- The sapling becomes an oak
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
286 pages
Isbn
9780809022816
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008045906
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)243544631
  • (OCoLC)ocn243544631
Label
Adam's tongue : how humans made language, how language made humans, Derek Bickerton
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [259]-271) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The size of the problem -- Thinking like engineers -- Singing apes? -- Chatting apes? -- Niches aren't everything (they-re the only thing) -- Our ancestors in their niches -- Go to the ant, thou sluggard -- The big bang -- The challenge from Chomsky -- Making up our minds -- An acorn grows to a sapling -- The sapling becomes an oak
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
286 pages
Isbn
9780809022816
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008045906
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)243544631
  • (OCoLC)ocn243544631

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