Nature and Origin of Language

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-11-15
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author Biography

Denis Bouchard is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Quebec in Montreal. His publications include On the Content of Empty Categories (Foris Publications, 1984), Adjectives, Number and Interfaces (Elsevier Science, 2002), and The Semantics of Syntax (University of Chicago Press, 1995).

Table of Contents

Part I The emergence of language
1. Scenarios for the emergence of language
Part II What is language that it could have evolved?
2. Language facts and theory
3. The Sign Theory of Language
Part III The Origin of language from neurons to signs
4. The neurogenetic factors: Offline Brain Systems
5. The Emergence of Linguistic Signs
6. Self-organizing constraints due to building materials
7. The protolanguage hypothesis
Part IV Explaining the properties of language
8. Combinatorial signs and Universal Grammar
9. How signs account for some complex properties of language
10. In the beginning was the sign

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