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Are other animals as smart as great apes? Do others provide better models for the evolution of speech or language?

Kathleen R. Gibson.

in The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution

November 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Language Evolution; Cognitive Linguistics. 4537 words.

This article reviews recent evidence for advanced, language-pertinent, cognitive capacities in birds and mammals and evaluates the potential suitability of song and other animal vocal...

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Biolinguistics

Cedric Boeckx and Pedro Tiago Martins.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics

P ublished online May 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Language Evolution. 6394 words.

All humans can acquire at least one natural language. Biolinguistics is the name given to the interdisciplinary enterprise that aims to unveil the biological bases of this unique capacity.

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Bird song and language

Peter Slater.

in The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution

November 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Language Evolution. 2917 words.

This article provides an overview of bird song and language. There are several reasons why bird song might be of interest to those who are studying human language. First, and most...

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Cognitive prerequisites for the evolution of indirect speech

Frederick L. Coolidge and Thomas Wynn.

in The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution

November 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Language Evolution; Cognitive Linguistics. 2871 words.

This article proposes the important prerequisites for indirect speech that includes at least four major cognitive factors, adequate phonological storage capacity, recursion, a full theory...

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Compositionality and Beyond: Embodied Meaning in Language and Protolanguage

Michael A. Arbib.

in The Oxford Handbook of Compositionality

February 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Semantics; Language Evolution. 8260 words.

This article mentions that a formal view of compositional semantics is helpful both for what it reveals about the structure of language and also for what it deletes, including context, the...

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Compositionality and Linguistic Evolution

Kenny Smith and Simon Kirby.

in The Oxford Handbook of Compositionality

February 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Language Evolution; Semantics. 7785 words.

The productivity of language is subserved by two structural properties: language is recursive, which allows the creation of an infinite number of utterances, and language is compositional,...

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Cooperative breeding and the evolution of vocal flexibility

Klaus Zuberbühler.

in The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution

November 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Language Evolution. 4128 words.

Primates communicate not only because they are biologically hardwired to do so, but also because they pursue specific goals during social interactions. This is well documented in the...

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Displays of vocal and verbal complexity: a fitness account of language, situated in development

John L. Locke.

in The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution

November 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Language Evolution; Cognitive Linguistics. 4569 words.

This article presents several factors related to the evolution of vocal and phonetic behaviors thus discussing the emergence of symbolization and reference. Evolutionary theories must...

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Domain‐general processes as the basis for grammar

Joan L. Bybee.

in The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution

November 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Language Evolution; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology. 3395 words.

The article demonstrates many aspects of grammar that can be derived from domain-general cognitive processes, especially those of neuromotor automation, chunking, categorization,...

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The emergence of language, from a biolinguistic point of view

Cedric Boeckx.

in The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution

November 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Language Evolution; Cognitive Linguistics. 4581 words.

Biolinguistics is a fairly broad research program that allow for the exploration of many avenues of research, including the formalist, functionalist, and nativist, and it insists on the...

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