Bernd Heine,Tania Kuteva's The Genesis of Grammar: A Reconstruction (Oxford Studies in PDF

By Bernd Heine,Tania Kuteva

ISBN-10: 0199227764

ISBN-13: 9780199227761

ISBN-10: 0199227772

ISBN-13: 9780199227778

This publication reconstructs what the earliest grammars could have been and exhibits how they can have ended in the languages of recent humankind.

Like different organic phenomena, language can't be absolutely understood irrespective of its evolution, even if confirmed or hypothesized," wrote Talmy Givón in 2002. because the languages spoken 8,000 years in the past have been typologically a lot kind of like they're this present day and as no direct facts exists for languages earlier than then, evolutionary linguists are at an obstacle in comparison to their opposite numbers in biology. Bernd Heine and Tania Kuteva search to beat this drawback by way of combining grammaticalization concept, one of many major tools of old linguistics, with paintings in animal communique and human evolution. The questions they deal with comprise: do the fashionable languages derive from one ancestral language or from a couple of? What was once the constitution of language like whilst it first advanced? and the way did the homes linked to smooth human languages come up, specifically syntax and the recursive use of language constructions? The authors continue at the assumption that if language evolution is the results of language switch then the reconstruction of the previous may be explored by means of deploying the techniques concerned about the latter. Their measured arguments and crystal-clear exposition will entice all these attracted to the evolution of language, from complex undergraduates to linguists, cognitive scientists, human biologists, and archaeologists.

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