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The Unfolding Of Language

Author : Guy Deutscher
ISBN : 9781407070285
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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'Language is mankind's greatest invention - except of course, that it was never invented.' So begins Guy Deutscher's fascinating investigation into the evolution of language. No one believes that the Roman Senate sat down one day to design the complex system that is Latin grammar, and few believe, these days, in the literal truth of the story of the Tower of Babel. But then how did there come to be so many languages, and of such elaborate design? If we started off with rudimentary utterances on the level of 'man throw spear', how did we end up with sophisticated grammars, enormous vocabularies, and intricately nuanced shades of meaning? Drawing on recent, groundbreaking discoveries in modern linguistics, Deutscher exposes the elusive forces of creation at work in human communication. Along the way, we learn why German maidens are neuter while German turnips are female, why we have feet not foots, and how great changes in pronunciation may result from simple laziness...
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Evolution Of Language

Author : Angelo Cangelosi
ISBN : 9789812774262
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This volume comprises refereed papers and abstracts from the 6th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (EVOLANG6). The biennial EVOLANG conference focuses on the origins and evolution of human language, and brings together researchers from many disciplines including anthropology, archaeology, artificial life, biology, cognitive science, computer science, ethology, genetics, linguistics, neuroscience, palaeontology, primatology, and psychology. The collection presents the latest theoretical, experimental and modeling research on language evolution, and includes contributions from the leading scientists in the field, including T Fitch, V Gallese, S Mithen, D Parisi, A Piazza & L Cavali Sforza, R Seyfarth & D Cheney, L Steels, L Talmy and M Tomasello. Contents: The Mirror System Hypothesis: From a Macaque-Like Mirror System to Imitation (M A Arbib et al.); Language Learning, Power Laws, and Sexual Selection (T Briscoe); On the Emergence of Compositionality (J de Beule & B K Bergen); Simulation Model for the Evolution of Language with Spatial Topology (C Di Chio & P Di Chio); A Comparison of the Articulatory Parameters Involved in the Production of Sound of Bonobos and Modern Humans (D Demolin & V Delvaux); Innateness and Culture in the Evolution of Language (M Dowman et al.); Proto-Propositions (J R Hurford); Language Co-Evolved with the Rule of Law (C Knight); and other papers. Readership: Graduate students and researchers with an interest in language and its evolution, as well as by members of the public who are interested in evolution, the origins of language, and popular science.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Anatomy Of Spirituality Portrait Of The Soul

Author : Chander Behl
ISBN : 9781460258026
Genre : Philosophy
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The domain of spirituality, separated from its theological overburden, believes in the existence of a spiritual self, presumed to be distinctly separate from the psychological self. The spiritual eternal self, also known as the soul or spirit (sometimes supported by an overarching Spirit), is asserted to be operating behind the ephemeral self. This book takes a contrarian stance; it argues that the premise of the soul concept is obtained through the magic of language, maintained through the marvel of the brain’s biochemistry, and sustained through the mirage of the psychological juggernauts of the brain. The magic, the marvel and the mirage, together, bring about subtle shifts as the linguistic brain suppresses many psychological details, habitually applies mental templates such as inversions and dichotomies, and enhances its language by coining religious and spiritual metaphors. The consequence of these changes is that the usual flickering self begins to be impressed by itself, believing it is buttressed by something transcendental and eternal within: the soul or the spirit. The self, although indoctrinated during its formative years, also begins to assimilate and accept the opinion that the overwhelming weight of religious doctrines and dogmas, the overburden, signifies as the legitimate proof for the eternal soul.
Category: Philosophy


Author : R. M. W. Dixon
ISBN : 9780191516429
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This book explores the variety of types of complementation found across the languages of the world and their grammatical properties and meanings. It shows how languages differ in the grammatical properties of complement clauses and in the types of verbs which take them, and explores the complement strategies deployed by languages which lack a complement clause construction. The book includes detailed studies of particular languages, including Akkadian, Israeli, Jarawara, and Pennsylvania German. These are framed by R. M. W. Dixon's introduction, which sets out the range of issues, and his conclusion, which draws together the evidence and the arguments.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

A Sociolinguistic History Of Early Identities In Singapore

Author : Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew
ISBN : 9781137012340
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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What role does race, geography, religion, orthography and nationalism play in the crafting of identities? What are the origins of Singlish? This book offers a thorough investigation of old and new identities in Asia's most global city, examined through the lens of language.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

A Mind For Language

Author : Harry Van Der Hulst
ISBN : 0757549888
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Author : George Melville Bolling
ISBN : UOM:49015003021269
Genre : Language and languages
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Category: Language and languages

The Linguistic Review

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ISBN : UOM:39015066254908
Genre : Grammar, Comparative and general
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Category: Grammar, Comparative and general

Words In Motion

Author : Keith Foulcher
ISBN : MINN:31951D03508418T
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Political changes since the fall of the Suharto regime in 1998 have had a significant impact on linguistic and discursive practices in Indonesia. The language policy of the state has become less restrictive than in the past, when Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) was vigorously promoted as one of the symbols of the unity of the country's diverse ethnic groups. Monolingualism in public space has given way to more fluid and pluralistic language use, and regional autonomy legislation enacted in 1999 has encouraged expressions of regional identities and aspirations, opening up a space for the promotion and use of regional languages in the media, education and the bureaucracy. Concurrently, technological development, in particular widespread access to the internet, has exposed Indonesian society much more directly than before to global flows of information, giving rise to changes stemming in part from sources outside Indonesia, but interpreted and shaped according to local conditions and socio-cultural practices. The meeting of these two vectors, one generated internally and the other coming from exposure to global trends, is producing a situation of diversity, fluidity and change in language use and discursive practice in contemporary Indonesian society. While contributors to this volume discuss Indonesian-language expression at the national level, a particular focus of the collection is on regional, local and minority languages, where problems associated with decentralization find their counterpart in the role that language plays in the workings of regional and national identity politics.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines


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ISBN : UCSC:32106015842237
Genre : Linguistics
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Category: Linguistics