Language and Human Behavior


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"What this book proposes to do," writes Derek Bickerton, "is to stand the conventional wisdom of the behavioral sciences on its head: instead of the human species growing clever enough to invent language, it will view that species as blundering into language and, as a direct result of that, becoming clever." 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 ...

Language and Human Behavior 1996, University of Washington Press, Seattle

ISBN-13: 9780295974583

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Language and Human Behavior 1995, University of Washington Press, Seattle

ISBN-13: 9780295974576