The Language Phenomenon

Human Communication from Milliseconds to Millennia


ISBN: 978-3-642-36085-5 (Print) 978-3-642-36086-2 (Online)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-viii

  2. Chapter

    Pages 1-11


  3. Chapter

    Pages 13-45

    Neurobiology: Language By, In, Through and Across the Brain

  4. Chapter

    Pages 47-64

    Dialogue: Interactive Alignment and Its Implications for Language Learning and Language Change

  5. Chapter

    Pages 65-92

    Learning: Statistical Mechanisms in Language Acquisition

  6. Chapter

    Pages 93-120

    Evolution: Language Use and the Evolution of Languages

  7. Chapter

    Pages 121-138

    Transitions: The Evolution of Linguistic Replicators

  8. Chapter

    Pages 139-161

    Genes: Interactions with Language on Three Levels—Inter-Individual Variation, Historical Correlations and Genetic Biasing

  9. Chapter

    Pages 163-189

    Language in Nature: On the Evolutionary Roots of a Cultural Phenomenon

  10. Chapter

    Pages 191-216

    Self-Organization: Complex Dynamical Systems in the Evolution of Speech

  11. Chapter

    Pages 217-234

    Environment: Language Ecology and Language Death

  12. Chapter

    Pages 235-243


  13. Back Matter

    Pages 245-251