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Language Evolution

Morten H. Christiansen and Simon Kirby


This book addresses fundamental questions about how humans acquired language and how language evolved with new and compelling arguments. The book spans an extensive range of different scientific disciplines, including anthropology, archaeology, biology, cognitive science, computational linguistics, linguistics, neurophysiology, neuropsychology, neuroscience, philosophy, primatology, psycholinguistics, and psychology. It provides up-to-date perspectives on language evolution in as non-technical a way as possible without overly simplifying the issues. Topics range from language as an adaptation ... More

Keywords: anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, primatology, psychology, biology, cognitive science, language acquisition, language evolution, grammar

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199244843
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244843.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Morten H. Christiansen, editor
Cornell University
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Simon Kirby, editor
Edinburgh University
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