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The Biology and Evolution of Language

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$41.00 • £32.95 • €37.00

ISBN 9780674074132

Publication Date: 01/01/1987


392 pages



  • Introduction: The Biological Framework
  • 1. Neurophysiology, Neural Models, and Language
  • 2. Distributed Neural Computers and Feature Detectors
  • 3. Automization and Syntax
  • 4. Syntax, Words, and Meaning
  • 5. Respiration, Speech, and Meaning
  • 6. Elephant Ears, Frogs, and Human Speech
  • 7. Speech Is Special
  • 8. Linguistic Distinctions and Auditory Processes
  • 9. The Man on the Flying Trapeze: The Acquisition of Speech
  • 10. Apes and Children
  • 11. The Evolution of Human Speech: Comparative Studies
  • 12. The Evolution of Human Speech: The Fossil Record
  • Conclusion: On the Nature and Evolution of the Biological Bases of Language
  • References
  • Notes
  • Index

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