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Clicks, Genes, and Languages

Norman A. Johnson

in Darwinian Detectives: Revealing the Natural History of Genes and Genomes

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195306750
eISBN:
9780199790203
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306750.003.0010
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

Languages, like populations, evolve over time. However, languages, like other cultural units, are not inherited in the same way as genes are. Do these differences in inheritance lead to differences ... More


Beyond the Fun and Song

Francine Klagsbrun

in When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807837238
eISBN:
9781469601427
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807837559_rotskoff.12
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter focuses on Jane O'Reilly and how she introduced the “clicks” in her article “The Housewife's Moment of Truth,” which appeared in the preview issue of Ms. Magazine in 1972. After that, ... More


Peripheral Coding in the Nervous System

W. A. H. Rushton

in Sensory Communication

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262518420
eISBN:
9780262314213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262518420.003.0010
Subject:
Neuroscience, Research and Theory

This chapter discusses the nature of the nerve message and compares it to a telephone message that is transmitted by telegraphing it in Morse code—or through a series of clicks. As with nerve ... More


A Theory of Phonological Features

San Duanmu

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780199664962
eISBN:
9780191818004
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664962.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Phonetics / Phonology, Theoretical Linguistics

This study determines a system of phonological features that is minimally sufficient to distinguish all consonants and vowels in the world’s languages. It differs from previous studies in several ... More


Complex sounds

San Duanmu

in A Theory of Phonological Features

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780199664962
eISBN:
9780191818004
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664962.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Phonetics / Phonology, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter deals with the representation of complex sounds, which include affricates, consonant–glide (CG) units, consonant–liquid (CL) units, contour tones, pre- and post-nasalized consonants, ... More


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