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Language and Human Behavior

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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 simply a means of communication and that human intelligence is the result of the rapid growth and unusual size of human brains. Bickerton argues that each of t ...more
Hardcover, 190 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by University of Washington Press
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Sep 20, 2015 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is two decades old, but the idea it contains are still quite fresh. At 160 pages, it is more like an intervention than a comprehensive theory, but despite (or because of) this brevity, it presents a remarkably coherent account of the nature, development, and effect of language on human cognition and consciousness.

Bickerton begins by removing some preconceptions about the nature of language; it is not, as invariably supposed, a "means of communication"; instead, it is a system of repre
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Derek Bickerton (born March 25, 1926) is a linguist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Based on his work in creole languages in Guyana and Hawaii, he has proposed that the features of creole languages provide powerful insights into the development of language both by individuals and as a feature of the human species. He is the originator and main proponent of the language b ...more
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