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Terra Firma

Howard Wettstein

in The Significance of Religious Experience

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199841363
eISBN:
9780199950003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841363.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Philosophy of Religion

The chapter opens with a sketch of the author’s philosophical naturalism, a tendency with a long history, but considerably different that the naturalisms that are popular today. The chapter’s thesis ... More


The Domestication of Language: Cultural Evolution and the Uniqueness of the Human Animal

Daniel Cloud

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231167925
eISBN:
9780231538282
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231167925.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

Language did not evolve only in the distant past. Our shared understanding of the meanings of words is ever-changing, and we make conscious, rational decisions about which words to use and what to ... More


What Can Formal or Computational Models Tell Us about How (Much) Language Shaped the Brain?

Briscoe Ted

in Biological Foundations and Origin of Syntax

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013567
eISBN:
9780262258586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013567.003.0017
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter considers arguments for and against language-specific learning bias or constraint on human languages within the framework of the debate over the role of innate constraints in human ... More


The Linguistic Creation of Man: August Schleicher and the Missing Link in Darwinian Theory

Robert J. Richards

in Was Hitler a Darwinian?: Disputed Questions in the History of Evolutionary Theory

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226058764
eISBN:
9780226059099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226059099.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In the Origin of Species, Darwin briefly compared the descent of human races with the descent of language and suggested that natural selection might explain both. His great friend, Charles Lyell, ... More


Was Hitler a Darwinian?: Disputed Questions in the History of Evolutionary Theory

Robert J. Richards

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226058764
eISBN:
9780226059099
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226059099.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The history of Darwin’s accomplishment and the trajectory of evolutionary theory during the late 19th and early 20th century have become settled in the minds of scholars and the interested public. ... More


A New Philology: Toponyms and Comparative Linguistics in Aubrey’s Late Works

Kelsey Jackson Williams

in The Antiquary: John Aubrey's Historical Scholarship

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198784296
eISBN:
9780191827808
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198784296.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, Mythology and Folklore

Focusing on his friendships with the younger scholars Thomas Gale and Edward Lhuyd, this chapter explores Aubrey’s late interest in philology and linguistic evolution. Gale’s study of the Antonine ... More


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