The Cambridge Handbook of Biolinguistics

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-04-29
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Biolinguistics involves the study of language from a broad perspective that embraces natural sciences, helping us better to understand the fundamentals of the faculty of language. This Handbook offers the most comprehensive state-of-the-field survey of the subject available. A team of prominent scholars working in a variety of disciplines is brought together to examine language development, language evolution and neuroscience, as well as providing overviews of the conceptual landscape of the field. The Handbook includes work at the forefront of contemporary research devoted to the evidence for a language instinct, the critical period hypothesis, grammatical maturation, bilingualism, the relation between mind and brain and the role of natural selection in language evolution. It will be welcomed by graduate students and researchers in a wide range of disciplines, including linguistics, evolutionary biology and cognitive science.

Table of Contents

Introducing the volume
Biolinguistics a historical perspective
Biolinguistics yesterday, today and tomorrow
The philosophical foundations of biolinguistics
Language Development
(Evidence for) the language instinct Ianthi
Sensitive phases in successive language acquisition: the critical period hypothesis revisited
Discovering word forms and word meanings: the role of phrasal prosody and function words
Luria's biolinguistic suggestion and the growth of language
Parameters in language acquisition
Bilingualism beyond language: on the impact of bilingualism on executive control
Mind, Brain, Behavior
The role of experimental syntax in an integrated cognitive science of language
Working memory and language processing: theory, data and directions for future research
Computational primitives in phonology and their neural correlates
Computational primitives in syntax and possible brain correlates
Computational primitives in morphology and possible brain correlates Ina
Grounding the cognitive neuroscience of semantics in linguistic theory
Modularity and descent with modification
The role of Broca's area in language function
Lexical retrieval and breakdown in aphasia and developmental language impairment
Genetics of language: roots of specific language deficits
Language Evolution
The cognitive capacities of non-human primates
Birdsong for biolinguistics
Language, culture and computation: an adaptive systems approach to biolinguistics
Language and natural selection
The fossils of language: what are they? who has them? how did they evolve?
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