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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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This implies awareness of conspecifics with which the creature interacts — in turn implying a social species. Bickerton seems to support znd emergence i.

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This view, quite radical foris basically the position taken by McBrearty and Brooks Semantic space may well be an intrinsic property of the brain; the lexicon is carved up into convenient chunks. In neither of these proto-to-full language transitions is an intermediate involved. Cases for an intermediate language are not plausible because the intermediate would be as complex as the full-blown language.


The Fossils of Language. But is any animal lacking language capable of constructive learning? Contents The Continuity Paradox. These roles are not given by nature but are high-level abstractions.

In non-human animals, categories might be bickeron to as proto-concept. They probably originated through millennia of day-to-day hominid routine, with Agent as the most important. It is likely that H. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Language and Species

You only run into a few really important ideas in your life, and you tend to remember them, if not always exactly when and where they were first heard or read. These units could have been used for both language and thought. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Years ago, I read this book, and crashed headlong into one of these ideas.

Anything involving absent individuals or classes of entity requires a form of representation beyond those available to non-humans. It therefore seems likely that H.

However changes to the vocal tract would have been favoured after proto-language developed. There is accessible I — linked to language and inaccessible I — not linked to language. A quality on a side branch can only be predicated of a class on the branch below it. There are three types of specjes Drawing on “living linguistic fossils” such as “ape talk,” the “two-word” stage of small children, and pidgin languages, and on recent discoveries in paleoanthropology, Bickerton shows how a primitive “protolanguage” could have offered Homo erectus a novel ecological niche.


Harry rated it really liked it May 31, Mind, bickertoon and bicierton search for knowledge may all arise from having a language-based SRS with a syntax processor. Oct 07, Bart Jr.

Brandon rated it really liked it Jan 06, Bookworm rated it really liked it Dec 21, It is not, by itself, enough to produce novelties, though it would have increased social and foraging capacities.

The gap in the fossil record he attributes either to use of perishable materials while H. A sentence is constructed of phrases; each phrase is a hierarchical not linear entity. Animal communication systems are only indexicalrestricted to conveying information about immediate circumstances insofar as these impinge upon individual survival, reproduction, and social relations.