21.4778, Books: Syntax: Bickerton, Szathm áry (Eds)

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Date: 23-Nov-2010
From: David Weininger [dgw at mit.edu]
Subject: Biological Foundations and Origin of Syntax: Bickerton, Szathmáry
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Title: Biological Foundations and Origin of Syntax 
Series Title: Strüngmann Forum Reports  

Publication Year: 2009 
Publisher: MIT Press
	   http://mitpress.mit.edu/
	

Book URL: http://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262013567 


Editor: Derek Bickerton
Editor: Eörs Szathmáry

Hardback: ISBN: 0262013568 9780262013567 Pages: 430 Price: U.S. $ 45


Abstract:

Syntax is arguably the most human-specific aspect of language. Despite the 
proto-linguistic capacities of some animals, syntax appears to be the last 
major evolutionary transition in humans that has some genetic basis. Yet 
what are the elements to a scenario that can explain such a transition? In this 
book, experts from linguistics, neurology and neurobiology, cognitive 
psychology, ecology and evolutionary biology, and computer modeling 
address this question.

Unlike most previous work on the evolution of language, "Biological 
Foundations and Origin of Syntax" follows through on a growing consensus 
among researchers that language can be profitably separated into a number 
of related and interacting but largely autonomous functions, each of which 
may have a distinguishable evolutionary history and neurological base. The 
contributors argue that syntax is such a function.

The book describes the current state of research on syntax in different fields, 
with special emphasis on areas in which the findings of particular disciplines 
might shed light on problems faced by other disciplines. It defines areas 
where consensus has been established with regard to the nature, 
infrastructure, and evolution of the syntax of natural languages; summarizes 
and evaluates contrasting approaches in areas that remain controversial; and 
suggests lines for future research to resolve at least some of these disputed 
issues. 



Linguistic Field(s): Syntax


Written In: English  (eng)
	
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