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The Resource Evolutionary linguistics, April McMahon and Robert McMahon

Evolutionary linguistics, April McMahon and Robert McMahon

Label
Evolutionary linguistics
Title
Evolutionary linguistics
Statement of responsibility
April McMahon and Robert McMahon
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
How did the biological, brain and behavioural structures underlying human language evolve? When, why and where did our ancestors become linguistic animals, and what has happened since? This book provides a clear, comprehensive but lively introduction to these interdisciplinary debates. Written in an approachable style, it cuts through the complex, sometimes contradictory and often obscure technical languages used in the different scientific disciplines involved in the study of linguistic evolution. Assuming no background knowledge in these disciplines, the book outlines the physical and neurological structures underlying language systems, and the limits of our knowledge concerning their evolution. Discussion questions and further reading lists encourage students to explore the primary literature further, and the final chapter demonstrates that while many questions still remain unanswered, there is a growing consensus as to how modern human languages have arisen as systems by the interplay of evolved structures and cultural transmission
Member of
Cataloging source
UkCbUP
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McMahon, April M. S.
Dewey number
401
Index
index present
LC call number
P116
LC item number
.M45 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1964-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
McMahon, Robert
Series statement
Cambridge textbooks in linguistics
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Language and languages
  • Anthropological linguistics
  • Human evolution
Label
Evolutionary linguistics, April McMahon and Robert McMahon
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1. Evolution and history; 2. Evidence for evolution; 3. The comparative methods; 4. Who, where and when?; 5. The vocal tract; 6. Language and the brain; 7. Language and genes; 8. Big bang or cumulative creep? Saltation versus gradual, adaptive evolution; 9. From protolanguage to language
Control code
CR9780511989391
Extent
1 online resource (xviii, 309 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780521891394
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote
Label
Evolutionary linguistics, April McMahon and Robert McMahon
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1. Evolution and history; 2. Evidence for evolution; 3. The comparative methods; 4. Who, where and when?; 5. The vocal tract; 6. Language and the brain; 7. Language and genes; 8. Big bang or cumulative creep? Saltation versus gradual, adaptive evolution; 9. From protolanguage to language
Control code
CR9780511989391
Extent
1 online resource (xviii, 309 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780521891394
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote

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