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  • Adam's Tongueby Derek Bickerton

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2009; US$ 16.99

    How language evolved has been called ?the hardest problem in science.? In Adam?s Tongue , Derek Bickerton?long a leading authority in this field?shows how and why previous attempts to solve that problem have fallen short. Taking cues from topics as diverse as the foraging strategies of ants, the distribution of large prehistoric herbivores, and the... more...

  • Bastard Tonguesby Derek Bickerton

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2008; US$ 16.99

    Why Do Isolated Creole Languages Tend to Have Similar Grammatical Structures?   Bastard Tongues is an exciting, firsthand story of scientific discovery in an area of research close to the heart of what it means to be human--what language is, how it works, and how it passes from generation to generation, even where historical accidents have... more...

  • The Emergence of Protolanguageby Michael A. Arbib; Derek Bickerton

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 128.00

    Somewhere and somehow, in the 5 to 7 million years since the last common ancestors of humans and the great apes, our ancestors ?got? language. The authors of this volume all agree that there was no single mutation or cultural innovation that took our ancestors directly from a limited system of a few vocalizations (primarily innate) and gestures (some... more...

  • Grammatical Relations in a Radical Creoleby Francis Byrne; Derek Bickerton

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1987; US$ 180.00

    With English and Portuguese as parent languages; the significant lexical retention of African languages; and the relative isolation of its speakers, Saramaccan has always stood out among Creole languages. Yet despite its obvious interest Saramaccan received little in the way of scholarly study. This groundbraking monograph dispels the mystery surrounding... more...

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