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The Resource The genesis of syntactic complexity : diachrony, ontogeny, neuro-cognition, evolution, T. Givón, (electronic book)

The genesis of syntactic complexity : diachrony, ontogeny, neuro-cognition, evolution, T. Givón, (electronic book)

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The genesis of syntactic complexity : diachrony, ontogeny, neuro-cognition, evolution
Title
The genesis of syntactic complexity
Title remainder
diachrony, ontogeny, neuro-cognition, evolution
Statement of responsibility
T. Givón
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Complex hierarchic syntax is a hallmark of human language. The highest level of syntactic complexity, recursive-embedded clauses, has been singled out by some for a special status as the evolutionary apex of the uniquely - human language faculty - evolutionary yet mysteriously immune to Darwinian adaptive selection. Prof. Givsn's book treats syntactic complexity as an integral part of the evolutionary rise of human communication. The book first describes grammar as an adaptive instrument of communication, assembled upon the pre-existing platform of pre-linguistic object- and-event cognition and mental representation. It then surveys the two grand developmental trends of human language: diachrony, the communal enterprise directly responsible for fashioning synchronic morpho-syntax and cross-language diversity; and ontogeny, the individual endeavor directly responsible for acquiring the competent use of grammar. The genesis of syntactic complexity along these two developmental trends is compared with second language acquisition, pre-grammatical pidgin and pre-human communication. The evolutionary relevance of language diachrony, language ontogeny and pidginization is argued for on general bio-evolutionary grounds: It is the organism's adaptive on-line behavior-invention, learning and skill acquisition - that is the common thread running through all three developmental trends. The neuro-cognitive circuits that underlie language, and their evolutionary underpinnings, are described and assessed. Recursive embedding turns out to be not an adaptive target on its own, but the by-product of two distinct adaptive moves: (i) the recruitment of conjoined clauses as modal operators on, or referential specifiers of, other clauses; and (ii) the subsequent condensation of paratactic into syntactic structures."--Jacket
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Cataloging source
CaPaEBR
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1936-
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Givón, Talmy
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
P291
LC item number
.G49 2009eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • standards specifications
  • bibliography
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  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Linguistic change
  • Language acquisition
  • Language and languages
  • Human evolution
  • Neurolinguistics
Label
The genesis of syntactic complexity : diachrony, ontogeny, neuro-cognition, evolution, T. Givón, (electronic book)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [339]-355) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ebr10279946
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xviii, 366 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9789027232540
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote
Label
The genesis of syntactic complexity : diachrony, ontogeny, neuro-cognition, evolution, T. Givón, (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [339]-355) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ebr10279946
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xviii, 366 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9789027232540
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote

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