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Language Evolution and Syntactic Theory
Contributor(s): Kinsella, Anna R. (Author)

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ISBN: 0521895308     ISBN-13: 9780521895309
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
OUR PRICE: $98.80  

Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: August 2009
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Annotation: Discusses the relationship between Chomskyan syntactic theory and the evolution of language.

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BISAC Categories:
- Language Arts & Disciplines
Dewey: 417.7
Series: Approaches to the Evolution of Language
Physical Information: 0.7" H x 6" W x 9" (1.10 lbs) 222 pages
 
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Evolution has not typically been recognised by linguists as a constraining factor when developing linguistic theories. This book demonstrates that our theories of language must reflect the fact that language has evolved. It critiques a currently dominant framework in the field of linguistics - the Minimalist Program - by showing how it fails to take evolution into account. It approaches the question of the evolution of human language in a novel way by applying findings from the field of evolutionary biology to language. Key properties associated with typically evolving systems are identified in language, and the shortcomings of the Minimalist Program in its outright rejection of these features are exposed. The book will be of interest to individual researchers and advanced students in linguistics, psychology, biology, anthropology and cognitive science.

Contributor Bio(s): Kinsella, Anna R.: - Anna R. Kinsella is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Language Evolution & Computation Research Unit in the Department of Linguistics & English Language at the University of Edinburgh.
 
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