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The genesis of grammar [electronic resource] : a reconstruction / Bernd Heine and Tania Kuteva.

Author/Creator:
Heine, Bernd, 1939-
Publication:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (437 p.)
Series:
Studies in the evolution of language ; 9.
Oxford linguistics.
Studies in the evolution of language ; 9
Oxford linguistics
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Subjects:
Language and languages -- Origin.
Grammar, Comparative and general.
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Grammaticalization.
Animal communication.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
This book reconstructs what the earliest grammars might have been and shows how they could have led to the languages of modern humankind. It considers whether these languages derive from a single ancestral language; what the structure of language was when it first evolved; and how the properties associated with modern human languages first arose. - ;""This book reconstructs what the earliest grammars might have been and shows how they could have led to the languages of modern humankind. ""Like other biological phenomena, language cannot be fully understood without reference to its evolution, w
Contents:
Contents; Preface; List of abbreviations; 1 Introduction; 2 An outline of grammatical evolution; 3 Some cognitive abilities of animals; 4 On pidgins and other restricted linguistic systems; 5 Clause subordination; 6 On the rise of recursion; 7 Early language; References; Index
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [357]-399) and index.
Contributor:
Kuteva, Tania, 1958-
ISBN:
9786611150112
1-281-15011-8
0-19-152783-1
1-4356-1403-8
OCLC:
476245503