Origins of Language: Constraints on hypotheses (Converging Evidence in Language and Communication Research)

Origins of Language: Constraints on hypotheses (Converging Evidence in Language and Communication Research)

Sverker Johansson


Sverker Johansson has written an strange booklet on language origins, with its emphasis on empirical proof instead of theory-building. it is a publication for the scholar or researcher who prefers stable facts and well-supported conclusions, over speculative situations. a lot that has been written at the origins of language is characterised through hypothesizing principally unconstrained via facts. yet empirical facts do exist, and the aim of this booklet is to combine and evaluate the on hand facts from all suitable disciplines, not just linguistics but in addition, e.g., neurology, primatology, paleoanthropology, and evolutionary biology. The facts is then used to constrain the multitude of situations for language origins, demonstrating that many renowned hypotheses are untenable. one of the matters coated: (1) Human evolutionary heritage, (2) Anatomical necessities for language, (3) Animal verbal exchange and ape "language", (4) brain and language, (5) The function of gesture, (6) Innateness, (7) Selective benefit of language, (8) Proto-language.

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