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The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution


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1: Maggie Tallerman and Kathleen R. Gibson: Introduction: The evolution of language Part 1: Insights From Comparative Animal Behaviour 2: Kathleen R. Gibson and Maggie Tallerman: Introduction to Part 1: Insights from comparative animal behaviour 3: Kathleen R. Gibson: Language or Protolanguage? A review of the ape language literature 4: Robert M. Seyfarth and Dorothy L. Cheney: Primate Social Cognition as a Precursor to Language 5: Klaus Zuberbuhler: Cooperative Breeding and the Evolution of Vocal Flexibility 6: Frans B. M. de Waal and Amy S. Pollick: Gesture as the Most Flexible Modality of Primate Communication 7: Katie Slocombe: Have we Underestimated Great Ape Vocal Capacities? 8: Peter Slater: Bird Song and Language 9: Vincent M. Janik: Vocal Communication and Cognition in Cetaceans 10: Irene M. Pepperberg: Evolution of Communication and Language: Insights from parrots and songbirds 11: Kathleen R. Gibson: Are Other Animals as Smart as Great Apes? Do Others Provide Better Models for the Evolution of Speech or Language? Part 2: The Biology of Language Evolution: Anatomy, Genetics, and Neurology 12: Kathleen R. Gibson and Maggie Tallerman: Introduction to Part 2: The Biology of Language Evolution: Anatomy, genetics, and neurology 13: W. Tecumseh Fitch: Innateness and Human Language: A biological perspective 14: Szabolcs Szamado and Eoers Szathmary: Evolutionary Biological Foundations of the Origin of Language: The co-evolution of language and brain 15: Karl C. Diller and Rebecca L. Cann: Genetic Influences on Languaeg Evolution: An evaluation of the evidence 16: Kathleen R. Gibson: Not the Neocortex Alone: Other brain structures also contribute to speech and language 17: Merlin Donald: The Mimetic Origins of Language 18: William D. Hopkins and Jacques Vauclair: Evolution of Behavioural and Brain Asymmetries in Primates 19: Wendy K. Wilkins: Toward an Evolutionary Biology of Language Through Comparative Neuroanatomy 20: Michael A. Arbib: Mirror Systems: Evolving imitation and the bridge from praxis to language 21: Frederick L. Coolidge and Thomas Wynn: Cognitive Prerequisites for the Evolution of Indirect Speech 22: Ann MacLarnon: The Anatomical and Physiological Basis of Human Speech production: Adaptations and exaptations Part 3: The Pre-history of Language: When and Why Did Language Evolve? 23: Kathleen R. Gibson and Maggie Tallerman: Introduction to Part 3: The pre-history of Language: When and why did language evolve? 24: Rebecca L. Cann: Molecular Perspectives on Human Evolution 25: Bernard A. Wood and Amy L. Bauernfeind: The Fossil Record: Evidence for speech in early hominins 26: Alan Mann: The Genus Homo and the Origins of 'Humanness' 27: Thomas Wynn: The Palaeolithic Record 28: Steven Mithen: Musicality and Language 29: Francesco d'Errico and Marian Vanhaeren: Linguistic Implications of the Earliest Personal Ornaments 30: Rudolf Botha: Inferring Modern Language From Ancient Objects 31: David Lightfoot: Natural Selection-itis 32: Dean Falk: The Role of Honimim Mothers and Infants in Prelinguistic Evolution 33: Bart de Boer: Infant-directed Speech and Language Evolution 34: John L. Locke: Displays of Vocal and Verbal Complexity: A fitness account of language, situated in development 35: Kathleen R. Gibson: Tool-dependent Foraging Strategies and the Origin of Language 36: Robin I. M. Dunbar: Gossip and the Social Origins of Langauge 37: Chris Knight and Camilla Power: Social Conditions for teh Evolutionary Emergence of Language Part 4: Launching Language: The Development of a Linguistic Species 38: Maggie Tallerman and Kathleen R. Gibson: Introduction to Part 4: Launching Language: The development of a linguistic species 39: Stephen R. Anderson: The Role of Evolution in Shaping the Human Language Faculty 40: James R. Hurford: The Origins of Meaning 41: Michael C. Corballis: The Origins of Language in Manual Gestures 42: Stevan Harnad: From Sensorimotor Categories and Pantomime to Grounded Symbols and Propositions 43: Terrence W. Deacon: The Symbol Concept 44: Robbins Burling: Words Came First: Adaptations for word-learning 45: Michael Studdert-Kennedy: The Emergence of Phonetic Form 46: Peter F. MacNeilage: The Evolution of Phonology 47: Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy: The Evolution of Morphology 48: Maggie Tallerman: What is Syntax? 49: Derek Bickerton: The Origins of Syntactic Language 50: Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy: The Evolutionary Relevance of More and Less Complex Forms of Language 51: Maggie Tallerman: Protolanguage 52: Cedric Boeckx: The Emergence of Language, From a Biolinguistic Point of View Part 5: Language Change, Creation, and Transmission 53: Maggie Tallerman and Kathleen R. Gibson: Introduction to Part 5: Language Change, Creation, and Transmission 54: Bernd heine and Tania Kuteva: Grammaticalization Theory as a Tool for Reconstructing Language Evolution 55: Joan Bybee: Domain-general Processes as the Basis for Grammar 56: Paul T. Roberge: Pidgins, Creoles, and the Creation of Language 57: Susan Goldin-Meadow: What Modern-day Gesture can tell us About Language Evolution 58: Johanna Nichols: Monogenesis or Polygenesis: A single ancestral language for all humanity? 59: Brigitte Pakendorf: Prehistoric Population Contact and Language Change 60: Kenny Smith: Why Formal Models are Useful for Evolutionary Linguists 61: Simon Kirby: Language is an Adaptive System: The role of cultural evolution in the origins of structure 62: Angelo Cangelosi: Robotics and Embodied Agents Modelling of the Evolution of Language 63: Bart de Boer: Self-organization and Language Evolution 64: Katharing Graf Estes: Statistical Learning and Language Acquisition 65: Nick Chater and Morten H. Christiansen: A Solution of the Logical Problem of Language Evolution: Language as an adaptation to the human brain

About the Author

Maggie Tallerman is Professor of Linguistics at Newcastle University. She has spent her professional life in North East England, having previously taught for 21 years at Durham University. Her research interests centre on the origins and evolution of syntax and morphology; modern Brythonic Celtic syntax and morphology; and language typology. Her publications include Understanding Syntax (Hodder/OUPUSA, 1998; 3rd edn. 2011); with Robert D. Borsley and David Willis, The Syntax of Welsh (CUP, 2007); and, as editor, Language Origins: Perspectives on Evolution (OUP, 2005). She is also the editor of the series Palgrave Modern Linguistics. She is the co-editor with Kathleen Gibson of the series, Oxford Studies in the Evolution of Language. Kathleen Gibson is Professor Emerita, Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Texas Houston. Her co-edited books include, with Sue T. Parker, Language' and Intelligence in Monkeys and Apes (CUP 1990); with Tim Ingold, Tools, Language, and Cognition in Human Evolution (CUP 1993); with Paul Mellars, Modelling the Early Human Mind (McDonald Archaeological Institute 1996); and, with Dean Falk, Evolutionary Anatomy of the Human Neocortex (CUP 2001). She is the co-editor with Maggie Tallerman of the series, Oxford Studies in the Evolution of Language.


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