By Julie Tetel Andresen
Evolutionary linguistics - an method of language research that takes into consideration our origins and improvement as a species - has swiftly constructed lately. knowledgeable by way of the most recent findings in evolutionary concept, this publication units language in the context of human biology and improvement, taking rules from fields corresponding to psychology, neurology, biology, anthropology, genetics and cognitive technological know-how. by way of factoring an evolutionary and developmental point of view into the theoretical framework, the writer replaces previous questions - akin to 'what is language?' - with new questions, equivalent to 'how do dwelling beings develop into 'languaging' dwelling beings?' Linguistics and Evolution bargains readers the 1st rethinking of an introductory method of linguistics due to the fact that Leonard Bloomfield's 1933 Language. it will likely be of important curiosity to complicated scholars and researchers in all subfields of linguistics, and the similar fields of biology, anthropology, cognitive technological know-how and psychology.
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Extra resources for Linguistics and Evolution: A Developmental Approach
However, it must be noted that the Danish linguist Otto Jespersen with his innocuously titled Language: Its Nature, Development and Origin met the same fate as Vološinov’s in that it did not succeed in launching a “new attitude with regard to the study of living speech” (1922: 97) that would begin with an investigation of the child. Neither, for that matter, did the Prague School, which also emphasized the structural analysis of language in the process of development, namely children’s language.
In an essay entitled “The Growth of Culture and the Evolution of Mind,” Geertz takes issue not with language/ing but with mind/minding: “One of the most frequently suggested methods for rehabilitating mind as a useful scientific concept is to transform it into a verb or participle … But this ‘cure’ involves falling in with the school bench story that a ‘noun is a word that names a person, place, or thing,’ which was not true in the first place” (1962: 715). He objects to the shift for three reasons.
The dramatic case of IW comes into play here. At age nineteen, IW lost all sense of touch and proprioception below the neck. That meant that he lost all motor control that depends on bodily feedback. He slowly relearned to walk and eat and do everything else, not by his lost proprioception and spatial position sense, but rather by using cognition and vision. Of interest is that his speech and gesture (in the service of languaging) were not lost, while instrumental gesture was. That is, he cannot pick up a brick if he cannot see his hands.
Linguistics and Evolution: A Developmental Approach by Julie Tetel Andresen