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The language myth : why language is not an instinct, Vyvyan Evans

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The language myth : why language is not an instinct
Title
The language myth
Title remainder
why language is not an instinct
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Vyvyan Evans
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Language
eng
Summary
"Language is central to our lives, the cultural tool that arguably sets us apart from other species. Some scientists have argued that language is innate, a type of unique human 'instinct' pre-programmed in us from birth. In this book, Vyvyan Evans argues that this received wisdom is, in fact, a myth. Debunking the notion of a language 'instinct', Evans demonstrates that language is related to other animal forms of communication; that languages exhibit staggering diversity; that we learn our mother tongue drawing on general properties and abilities of the human mind, rather than an inborn 'universal' grammar; and that, ultimately, language and the mind reflect and draw upon the way we interact with others in the world. Compellingly written and drawing on cutting-edge research, The Language Myth sets out a forceful alternative to the received wisdom, showing how language and the mind really work"--
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Evans, Vyvyan
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illustrations
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Literary form
non fiction
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  • Linguistic universals
  • Cognitive grammar
  • Innateness hypothesis (Linguistics)
  • Language and languages
  • Psycholinguistics
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The language myth : why language is not an instinct, Vyvyan Evans
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 274-300) and index
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volume
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Content category
text
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Contents
Language and mind rethought -- Is human language unrelated to animal communication systems? -- Are there language universals? -- Is language innate? -- Is language a distinct module in the mind? -- Is there a universal Mentalese? -- Is thought independent of language? -- Language and mind regained
Control code
ocn880418779
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xi, 304 pages
Isbn
9781107043961
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014014932
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)880418779
Label
The language myth : why language is not an instinct, Vyvyan Evans
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 274-300) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Language and mind rethought -- Is human language unrelated to animal communication systems? -- Are there language universals? -- Is language innate? -- Is language a distinct module in the mind? -- Is there a universal Mentalese? -- Is thought independent of language? -- Language and mind regained
Control code
ocn880418779
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xi, 304 pages
Isbn
9781107043961
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014014932
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)880418779

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