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Author Berwick, Robert C.,
Title Why only us : language and evolution / Robert C. Berwick, Noam Chomsky.
Imprint Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2016]

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Author Berwick, Robert C.,
Subject Language acquisition -- Psychological aspects.
Human evolution -- Psychological aspects.
Minimalist theory (Linguistics)
Language Development.
Biological Evolution.
Alt Name Chomsky, Noam,
Description 1 online resource (215 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-199) and indexes.
Contents Why now? -- Biolinguistics evolving -- Language architecture and its import for evolution -- Triangles in the brain.
Summary "We are born crying, but those cries signal the first stirring of language. Within a year or so, infants master the sound system of their language; a few years after that, they are engaging in conversations. This remarkable, species-specific ability to acquire any human language--'the language faculty'--raises important biological questions about language, including how it has evolved. This book by two distinguished scholars--a computer scientist and a linguist--addresses the enduring question of the evolution of language. Robert Berwick and Noam Chomsky explain that until recently the evolutionary question could not be properly posed, because we did not have a clear idea of how to define 'language' and therefore what it was that had evolved. But since the Minimalist Program, developed by Chomsky and others, we know the key ingredients of language and can put together an account of the evolution of human language and what distinguishes us from all other animals. Berwick and Chomsky discuss the biolinguistic perspective on language, which views language as a particular object of the biological world; the computational efficiency of language as a system of thought and understanding; the tension between Darwin's idea of gradual change and our contemporary understanding about evolutionary change and language; and evidence from nonhuman animals, in particular vocal learning in songbirds"--MIT CogNet.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780262333351 (electronic bk.)
026233335X (electronic bk.)
9780262333368 (electronic bk.)
0262333368 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 934433881
Additional Format Print version: Berwick, Robert C. Why only us. Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2016] 9780262034241 (DLC) 2015038384 (OCoLC)927241552.

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