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by Beaken

An introduction to the evolution of language from gestural communication to the development of complex syntax. Beaken synthesizes advances in scientific knowledge based on archaeological and fossil evidence, primate study and new techniques in historical language analysis, and re-examines language origins from the point of view of a linguist. Countering Pinker's The Language Instinct, Beaken refutes claims for an innate biological capacity for language and demonstrates that both the origin and form of language can be explained in terms of human activity. He shows how human beings made their own language in the process of collective labour and the social interactions and relations which surround the immediate tasks for the survival of human groups.
Download Making of Language epub
ISBN: 074860717X
ISBN13: 978-0748607174
Category: Reference
Subcategory: Words Language & Grammar
Author: Beaken
Language: English
Publisher: Columbia University Press (October 21, 1996)
Pages: 196 pages
ePUB size: 1158 kb
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Rating: 4.5
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This book is now four years old, nearly five years since it was written. The major ideas in it are still up-to-date, in fact even more relevant in view of the flood of pseudo-science pushing the idea that all human behaviour originates in our genes.
Nevertheless the book is now ready for revision, and you might like to know that I'm busy revising it now. Lots of new archaeological discoveries need including, and one or two new pieces of information about languages: disappointingly few, actually, because linguists seem to have swallowed the genetic argument, or else to uncomfortably ignore it, rather than trying to take it on. The ghost of Chomsky (well it would be his ghost if he wasn't happily still alive and kicking), let's say the spirit of Chomsky still pervades Western linguistics, while Soviet linguistics has other interests.
So an up-date of this rather individual book should be welcome.
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