The Evolution of Language: Towards Gestural Hypotheses, 208 s.

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dc.contributor.author Żywiczyński, Przemysław
dc.contributor.author Wacewicz, Sławomir
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-05T06:25:52Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-05T06:25:52Z
dc.date.issued 2019-08
dc.identifier.isbn 978-3-631-79394-7
dc.identifier.other 10.3726/b15805
dc.identifier.uri http://repozytorium.umk.pl/handle/item/5932
dc.description A translation of Żywiczyński, P., Wacewicz, S. (2015): Ewolucja języka. W stronę hipotez gesturalnych. Toruń, Wydawnictwo Naukowe UMK. This is a submitted manuscript version. The publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form. Final published version, copyright Peter Lang Publishing: https://www.peterlang.com/view/title/62447
dc.description.abstract Why is language unique? How did language come about? When did this happen? Those questions, although quite emblematic of the Western intellectual tradition since its ancient beginnings, so far have not found satisfying answers. Indeed, many still question the very possibility of addressing those basic problems of language origins with proper scientific rigour. However, an emerging consensus is that current research in the field of language evolution is in fact bearing fruit: at the very least, by making it possible to adjudicate in an informed way between those competing scenarios that are far more and far less probable. Ewolucja języka: w stronę hipotez gesturalnych (The Evolution of Language. Towards the Gestural Hypotheses) is the first monograph that presents this developing field of language evolution research to the Polish reader. The book begins with two introductory chapters. Chapter One takes the Reader on an intellectual history tour comprised of two principal parts – a reconstruction of traditional views on the origin of language found in religious and philosophical reflection, and an account of the beginnings of naturalistic investigation that came with the birth of science in Europe. Chapter Two offers a readable introduction to the basics of general evolutionary theory and evolutionary psychology. The field of language evolution itself comes to the fore in the middle chapters: Chapter Three presents the historical and theoretical background of this field, its methods and its research agenda; and the following chapter contains a discussion of preadaptations, or preconditions for language, that is the anatomical and socio-cognitive traits that made the rise of language possible. Of these, we single out the emergence of honest and cooperative nature of linguistic communication as the key evolutionary invention en route to modern language, and we devote Chapter Five to its extended analysis. Finally, the last chapter of the book keys in on a more specific issue – the gestural, or “gesture-first”, hypotheses of language origins – and at the same time it serves as an illustration of how interdisciplinary evidence is synthesised and used argumentatively in current language evolution research.
dc.description.sponsorship The translation, publication and editing of this book was financed by a grant from the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland within the programme Uniwersalia 2.1 (ID: 347247, Reg. no. 21H 16 0049 84) as a part of the National Programme for the Development of the Humanities (Narodowy Program Rozwoju Humanistyki, NPRH). This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Ministry cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Peter Lang Publishing
dc.relation.ispartofseries Dis/Continuities;20
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject language evolution
dc.subject evolution of language
dc.subject language origin
dc.subject language origins
dc.subject gestural primacy
dc.subject gesture-first
dc.subject gestural hypotheses
dc.subject multimodality
dc.subject glottogeny
dc.subject biolinguistics
dc.subject evolutionary linguistics
dc.subject evolutionism
dc.subject cooperation
dc.subject evolution of mind
dc.subject evolution of cognition
dc.subject protolanguage
dc.title The Evolution of Language: Towards Gestural Hypotheses, 208 s.
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/book

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