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The Seeds of Speech Jean Aitchison (University of Oxford)

The Seeds of Speech par Jean Aitchison (University of Oxford)

The Seeds of Speech Jean Aitchison (University of Oxford)


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Résumé

Human language is a weird communication system: it has more in common with birdsong than the calls of other primates. Jean Aitchison is the 1996 BBC Reith lecturer.

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The Seeds of Speech: Language Origin and Evolution Jean Aitchison (University of Oxford)

Human language is a weird communication system: it has more in common with birdsong than the calls of other primates. In this clear and non-technical overview, Jean Aitchison explores why it evolved and how it developed. She likens the search to a vast prehistoric jigsaw puzzle, in which numerous fragments of evidence must be assembled, some external to language, such as evolution theory, animal communication; others internal, including child language, pidgins and creoles, and language change. She explains why language is so strange, outlines recent theories about its origin, and discusses possible paths of evolution. Jean Aitchison is the Rupert Murdoch Professor of Language and Communication at Oxford University. She gave the 1996 BBC Reith lectures The Language Web.

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'To be recommended to anyone with a curiosity about their language, where it came from and how it reached its present state.' Child Language Teaching and Therapy

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Part I. Puzzles: 1. A natural curiosity: how did language begin? 2. A peculiar habit: what is language for? 3. The bother at Babel: why do languages differ so much? 4. Distinct duties: is language an independent skill?; Part II. Origin: 5. The family tree: the evolutionary background; 6. A devious mind: the basic requirements; 7. Broken air: inherited ingredients; 8. Small beginnings: first steps; Part III. Evolution: 9. The second word: the emergence of rules; 10. The tower of speech: expansion; 11. Time travelling: extra attachments; 12. Rebuilding on the high seas: keeping going; Part IV. Diffusion: 13. The widening circle: moving outwards; 14. The hidden core: the hunt for universals; 15. The real magician: ruling the rules; 16. Unweaving the rainbow: separating the strands; 17. The endless stair: past and future.

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The Seeds of Speech: Language Origin and Evolution Jean Aitchison (University of Oxford)
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Cambridge University Press
19960418
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