Phonology in Evolutionary Perspective

Bridget D. Samuels

in Phonological Architecture

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199694358
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731891 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Biolinguistics

Phonology in Evolutionary Perspective

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‘Phonology in Evolutionary Perspective’ discusses the evolution of language, the properties of phonological computation, and the linguistic externalization system, using animal cognition studies to identify which components of phonology may not be unique to humans and/or to language. It demonstrates on the basis of behavioral and physiological studies on primates, songbirds, and a wide variety of other species that the cognitive abilities underlying human phonological representations and operations are present in creatures other than humans and in domains other than language.

Keywords: biolinguistics; evolution; animal cognition; phonology

Chapter.  12297 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Phonetics and Phonology

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