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Robert Wright, New York Times Book Review “The evolution of language is a fascinating topic, and Bickerton’s Language and Species is the best introduction . Request PDF on ResearchGate | Language and Species | The abstract for this Article in Language 68(2) · June with 77 Reads Derek Bickerton. Derek Bickerton (March 25, – March 5, ) was an English-born American linguist and academic who was Professor Emeritus at the University of Hawaii in Manoa. Based on his work in creole languages in Guyana and Hawaii, he has In Language and Species (), he suggests that all three questions might be.

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The referent must be an uninterrupted piece of matter or time or space.

Bickerton was born in Cheshire in Only abstract qualities can be predicated of abstract nouns; and concrete qualities of concrete nouns. Lists with This Book. Matt rated it it was amazing Jan 11, A must read for anyone interested in why and how language evolved in hominids.

The NSF deemed the proposed experiment unethical and refused to fund it. Proto-verbs might have been actions only hominids could perform.


Tools and language are unlikely to have co-evolved. The Nature of the Species. Few animals face the same set of problems as early humans as cerek are both social and omnivorous, with such varied feeding habits.

Language and Species

By contrast, human communications are complex and unlimited. References to this book Information Visualization: It also eventually brought defek new form of consciousness, self-consciousness.

The Fossils of Language.

In non-human animals, categories might be referred to as proto-concept. From Protolanguage to Language. Language and Species Derek Bickerton No preview available – Examples include merchant seamen in distant ports and, historically, slaves in the West Indies. Units relating to entities are insufficient to describe the world, because pretty well everything we see is doing something; for example walking, running, swimming, flying, etc.

However changes to the vocal tract would have been favoured after proto-language developed.

Language and Species by Derek Bickerton

There is no obvious reason for this. The means of acquisition are not the same for both. Language and Species presents the most detailed and well-documented scenario to date of the origins of language.

Words are hierarchical e. The verb arguments are of three types thematic roles Agent, Patient, Goal — e. Our view of the world is always representational and not absolute — what we see is a lqnguage built up by sensory data; through a glass, darkly as St. Want to Read saving…. The level of representation given by the lexicon abstracts away from and interprets the flux of experience. Such behaviour cannot be entirely innate as they can be trained to respond to objects they could have no knowledge of.


It made our reality symbolic; it permitted us to communicate, to create narratives, and tell stories about what we sensed of reality. It is, in some instances, qute speculative, but what he speculates about is quite plausible given the hard scientific data which I keep up with assiduously.

Language & Species (), by Derek Bickerton – The Knowledge Emporium

Communication is no more than a handy spinoff. Awareness of self is a cornerstone of language and consciousness.

Matthew Larrey rated it really liked it Jan 02, Pidgins develop into creoles — i. Communication was important, but language taught us a new way to think. Displacement, Bickerton claims, is the hallmark feature of language.