LINGUIST List 12.1941

Wed Aug 1 2001

Books: Language Origin

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  1. Gillian Caglayan, Language Origin: New Essays on the Origin of Language

Message 1: Language Origin: New Essays on the Origin of Language

Date: Wed, 01 Aug 2001 14:34:51 +0200
From: Gillian Caglayan <>
Subject: Language Origin: New Essays on the Origin of Language

New Publication by Mouton de Gruyter

>From the series
Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs
Series Editor: Werner Winter

J�rgen Trabant and Sean Ward (Editors)
New Essays on the Origin of Language

2001. 23 x 15,5 cm. vi, 258 p. Cloth.
DM 176,- / �S 1285,- / sFr 151,- / approx. US$ 88.00
>From 01.01.2002: EUR 88,-
ISBN 3-11-017025-6
(Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs 133)

The contributions to this volume reflect the state of the art in the
renewed discussion on the origin of language. Some of the most
important specialists in the field - life scientists and linguists -
primarily examine two aspects of the question: the origin of the
language faculty and the evolution of the first language. At stake is
the relation between nature and culture and between universality and
historical particularity as well as cognition, communication, and the
very essence of language.

Table of Contents:

JUERGEN TRABANT: Introduction: New perspectives on an old academic question

1. Biological aspects of the question

PHILIP LIEBERMAN: On the subcortical bases of the evolution of language

EOERS SZATHMARY: Origin of the human language faculty: the language
amoeba hypothesis

2. The first language

MANFRED BIERWISCH: The apparent paradox of language evolution: can
Universal Grammar be explained by adaptive selection?

WOLFGANG KLEIN: Elementary forms of linguistic organisation

BERNARD COMRIE: From potential to realisation: an episode in the origin
of language

JAMES R. HURFORD: Protothought had no logical names

JEAN AITCHISON: The birth of rules

DANIEL DOR and EVA JABLONKA: How language changed the genes: toward an
explicit account of the evolution of language

3. Beyond bio-linguistics

VOLKER HEESCHEN: The narration "instinct": signalling behaviour,
communication, and the selective value of storytelling

MERRIT RUHLEN: Taxonomic controversies in the twentieth century

HENRI MESCHONNIC: The origin of origins: A play in five acts, with a
prologue 'im Himmel' and an epilogue 'auf der Erde'



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