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Unravelling the evolution of language

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Elsevier , Boston
Language and languages -- O
Statementedited by Rudolf P. Botha.
SeriesLanguage & communication library ;, 19, Language & communication library ;, v. 19.
ContributionsBotha, Rudolf P.
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LC ClassificationsP116 .U56 2003
The Physical Object
Paginationp. cm.
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Open LibraryOL3690237M
ISBN 100080443184
LC Control Number2003059217

What blocks the way to a better understanding of language evolution, it is widely held, is above all a paucity of factual evidence. Not so, argues Unravelling the Evolution of book finds the main obstacle, instead, in a poverty of a specific kind of theory--restrictive theory.

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It is not another book on the evolution of language. The author states a clear purpose to avoid offering a particular theory but to instead show how the field is a very broad endeavor that needs to respect what many researchers are doing and that needs to value a wealth of testable hypotheses.

That made sense but sounded vaguely s:   Rudolf Botha is Professor of General Linguistics at the University of Stellenbosch, and a Fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study. His books include Form and Meaning in Word Formation: A Study of Afrikaans Reduplication (CUP ), Unravelling the Evolution of Language (Elsevier ) and, co-edited with C.

Knight, The Cradle of Language and The Prehistory of Language. Cambridge Core - Historical Linguistics - The Evolution of Language - by W.

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Knight, The Cradle of Language and The Prehistory of Language (both OUP ). This is one of the first systematic attempts to bring language within the neo-Darwinian framework of modern evolutionary theory. 24 co-ordinated essays by linguists, phoneticians, anthropologists, psychologists and cognitive scientists explore the origins of the complex structure of human language, emphasizing its social (as opposed to purely /5(3).

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