The Resource Language and human behavior, Derek Bickerton

Language and human behavior, Derek Bickerton

Label
Language and human behavior
Title
Language and human behavior
Statement of responsibility
Derek Bickerton
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"According to Bickerton, the behavioral sciences have failed to give an adequate account of human nature at least partly because of the conjunction and mutual reinforcement of two widespread beliefs: that language is simply a means of communication and that human intelligence is the result of the rapid growth and unusual size of human brains."--BOOK JACKET. "Bickerton argues that each of the properties distinguishing human intelligence and consciousness from that of other animals can be shown to derive straightforwardly from properties of language. In essence, language arose as a representational system, not a means of communication or a skill, and not a product of culture but an evolutionary adaptation."--BOOK JACKET. "The author stresses the necessity of viewing intelligence in evolutionary terms, seeing it not as problem solving but as a way of maintaining homeostasis - the preservation of those conditions most favorable to an organism, the optimal achievable conditions for survival and well-being."--BOOK JACKET. "The term protolanguage is used to describe the stringing together of symbols that prehuman hominids employed. "It did not allow them to turn today's imagination into tomorrow's fact. But it is just this power to transform imagination into fact that distinguishes human behavior from that of our ancestral species, and indeed from that of all other species. It is exactly what enables us to change our behavior, or invent vast ranges of new behavior, practically overnight, with no concomitant genetic changes.""--BOOK JACKET. "Language and Human Behavior should be of interest to anyone in the behavioral and evolutionary sciences and to all those concerned with the role of language in human behavior"--BOOK JACKET
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DLC
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Bickerton, Derek
Dewey number
400
Index
index present
LC call number
P106
LC item number
.B467 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Jessie and John Danz lectures
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Language and languages
  • Human evolution
  • Psycholinguistics
Target audience
adult
Label
Language and human behavior, Derek Bickerton
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 167-176) and index
Contents
  • Appendix A: Samples of protolanguage
  • 1.
  • What language is
  • 2.
  • Language and evolution
  • 3.
  • Language and intelligence
  • 4.
  • Language and consciousness
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
180 p.
Isbn
9780295974576
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
95017023
System control number
  • OCM32468951
  • CARL032468951
Label
Language and human behavior, Derek Bickerton
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 167-176) and index
Contents
  • Appendix A: Samples of protolanguage
  • 1.
  • What language is
  • 2.
  • Language and evolution
  • 3.
  • Language and intelligence
  • 4.
  • Language and consciousness
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
180 p.
Isbn
9780295974576
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
95017023
System control number
  • OCM32468951
  • CARL032468951

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