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Reinventing the Word

Ann Senghas

in Words and the Mind: How words capture human experience

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195311129
eISBN:
9780199776924
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311129.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

Where do words come from? As we consider the thousands of words in our language today, we see many sources: modern words came from older words, words that came from other languages. But what if we ... More


Getting to the Point: How a Simple Gesture Became a Linguistic Element in Nicaraguan Signing

Ann Senghas and Marie Coppola

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

This chapter pays particular attention to the contribution of generations of child learners, who actively change their language as they inherit it. The researchers consider the fact that over the ... More


Sign Language Geography

Carol A. Padden

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

There are multiple difficulties in knowing how many sign languages exist and in determining which are genetically related. This chapter compares the situation in North America with that of the Middle ... More


How Languages Emerge

Michael A. Arbib

in How the Brain Got Language: The Mirror System Hypothesis

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199896684
eISBN:
9780190256159
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199896684.003.0012
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter analyzes the recent emergence of two new sign languages: Nicaraguan Sign Language (NSL) and Al-Sayyid Bedouin Sign Language (ABSL). Researchers use the study of different “cohorts” (NSL) ... More


Homesign as a way-station between co-speech gesture and sign language: the evolution of segmentation and sequencing

Ann Senghas, Asli Özyürek, and Susan Goldin-Meadow

in The Evolutionary Emergence of Language: Evidence and Inference

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199654840
eISBN:
9780191759000
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654840.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter takes segmentation and combination to be a fundamental feature of modern languages, bringing to bear on the evolution of this feature evidence derived from some newly emergent linguistic ... More


The Adaptive Value of Immaturity (or The Benefits of Being Young at Heart)

David F. Bjorklund

in How Children Invented Humanity: The Role of Development in Human Evolution

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780190066864
eISBN:
9780190066895
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190066864.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

There are many aspects of young children’s thinking that are immature on the surface but have adaptive value for the young learner, a form of cognitive neoteny. These include young children’s ... More


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