Gesture and the Nature of Language
Cambridge University Press, Mar 16, 1995 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 260 pages
This book proposes a radical alternative to dominant views of the evolution of language, in particular the origins of syntax. The authors draw on evidence from areas such as primatology, anthropology, and linguistics to present a groundbreaking account of the notion that language emerged through visible bodily action. Written in a clear and accessible style, Gesture and the Nature of Language will be indispensable reading for all those interested in the origins of language.
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The universe of gesture
12 SPEECH AS GESTURE
13 SIGNING AS GESTURE
14 SEMANTIC PHONOLOGY
15 LANGUAGE AS GESTURE
16 AN EVOLUTIONARY PERSPECTIVE ON LANGUAGE
17 GRASPING SYNTAX
The nature of gesture
53 WHAT MUST BE MASTERED? STRUCTURE AND PLASTICITY
54 THE CRITICAL PERIOD FOR ACQUISITION AND SPECIES SPECIFICITY
55 A GRAMMAR GENE?
56 PAST TENSE AND SEMIMODULARITY
57 DISTRIBUTED NEURONAL CIRCUITS AND NEURAL DARWINISM
58 THE NATURE OF A GESTURAL ACQUISITION THEORY
Language from the body politic
62 MOVEMENT BRAIN SOCIETY LANGUAGE
21 COMPARING SIGN AND SPEECH
22 WHAT IS GESTURE?
23 SPEECH AS GESTURE
24 THE TWO FACES OF GESTURE
25 PERCEPTUAL CATEGORIZATION
26 THE ROLE OF MOTOR ACTIONS IN PERCEPTION
27 GLOBAL MAPPINGS PRECONCEPTS AND PRESYNTAX
28 EVENT COGNITION AND LANGUAGE
Are signed and spoken languages differently organized?
32 DESCRIBING SIGNED LANGUAGE
33 SEEKING ORGANIZATIONAL SIMILARITY AT THE SUBLEXICAL LEVEL
34 LOOKING AT DIFFERENCES
Is language modular?
42 MODULARITY AND CEREBRAL LOCALIZATION
43 PLASTICITY AND ASSOCIATIONISM
44 LINGUISTIC MODALITY AND MODULARITY
45 SPATIAL SYNTAX AND THE LEFT BRAIN
MODULES AND ISOMORPHS
47 COARTICULATION IN SPEECH AND SIGN
48 MODULARISM VERSUS ASSOCIATIONISM
Do we have a genetically programmed drive to acquire language?
51 UNIVERSAL GRAMMAR
52 ARE THERE GENETICALLY DETERMINED MILESTONES IN LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT?
The origin of syntax gesture as name and relation
72 THE SECOND SUBSYSTEM
73 LANGUAGE FROM THE WHOLE BRAIN
74 SIGN LANGUAGES AND MANUAL GESTURES
75 GESTURAL SYNTAX
76 THE TREE IN THE SEED
77 THE OPENING OF THE SEED
78 LANGUAGE COEVOLVING WITH CULTURE
79 ELABORATING THE PATTERN
710 GESTURE AND ICONICITY
711 SIGNALING SYNTAX
Language from the body an evolutionary perspective
81 THE HOMINID ADAPTIVE COMPLEX
GRADUALISM INCREMENTALISM AND PUNCTUATION
83 EVOLUTION OF CEREBRAL ASYMMETRY
84 THE HOMINID LIFE STYLE
85 THE ANCESTRAL STOCK
86 HOMINID SOCIAL BEHAVIOR
87 ORIGIN AND EVOLUTION OF LANGUAGE
88 LANGUAGE AND LONGEVITY AS EVOLUTIONARY PROBLEMS
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Page 1 - A curious thing about the ontological problem is its simplicity. It can be put in three Anglo-Saxon monosyllables: 'What is there?' It can be answered, moreover, in a word — 'Everything' — and everyone will accept this answer as true. However, this is merely to say that there is what there is. There remains room for disagreement over cases; and so the issue has stayed alive down the centuries.