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Bickerton, D. (2007) Language evolution: A brief guide for linguists. Lingua, 117(3):510--526.

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Abstract

For the benefit of linguists new to the field of language evolution, the author sets out the issues that need to be distinguished in any research on it. He offers a guided tour of contemporary approaches, including the work of linguists (Bickerton, Carstairs-McCarthy, Chomsky, Hurford, Jackendoff, Pinker, Wray), animal behaviour experts (Dunbar, Hauser, Premack, Savage-Rumbaugh), neurophysiologists (Arbib, Calvin), psychologists (Corballis, Donald), archaeologists (Davidson), and computer modellers (Batali, Kirby, Steels). He criticises the expectation that recent discoveries such as ‘mirror neurons’ and the FOXP2 gene will provide easy answers. He emphasises the extremely interdisciplinary nature of this field, and also the importance of involvement in it by linguists, after more than a century of neglect.

Keywords: Language evolution; Protolanguage; Holophrastic language; Social intelligence; Mirror neurons; FOXP2 gene

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@article{bickerton07LINGUA,
  author={Derek Bickerton},
  title={Language evolution: A brief guide for linguists},
  journal={Lingua},
  year={2007},
  month={March},
  volume={117},
  number={3},
  pages={510-526},
  doi={10.1016/j.lingua.2005.02.006},
  url={http://groups.lis.illinois.edu/amag/langev/paper/bickerton07LINGUA.html},
  keywords={Language evolution; Protolanguage; Holophrastic language; Social intelligence; Mirror neurons; FOXP2 gene}
}