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Defining degrammaticalization

Muriel Norde

in Degrammaticalization

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199207923
eISBN:
9780191709135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207923.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

This chapter is concerned with earlier definitions of degrammaticalization, with the aim to demarcate the book's own definition from these earlier views. It discusses the alternative terms of ... More


Linguistic theory and the historical creation of English reflexives

Edward L. Keenan

in Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199560547
eISBN:
9780191721267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560547.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Historical Linguistics

This chapter documents the historical creation of English reflexive pronouns in the 1500s from Old English which lacked them. The chapter evokes two general principles of change, decay and inertia; ... More


New Scenarios

Pierre-Yves Oudeyer

in Self-Organization in the Evolution of Speech

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199289158
eISBN:
9780191711091
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289158.003.0009
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter talks about the results achieved, and in particular, the contribution to research that the system studied makes on the origins of speech. It shows that the generality and simplicity of ... More


The diachronic development of the Irish comparative particle

Elliott Lash

in Parameter Theory and Linguistic Change

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199659203
eISBN:
9780191745188
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659203.003.0011
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

This chapter is a case study in syntactic reanalysis leading to grammaticalization. It investigates the history of Modern Irish comparative particle ná 'than', and shows how it has developed ... More


The Inverse Thunderstorm

Andrea Moro

in Impossible Languages

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262034890
eISBN:
9780262335621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034890.003.0009
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

Since language structure is obviously not specifically designed to facilitate communication the question of the origin of the restriction on possible languages emerges. This constitutes a major ... More


Neoteny and Social Cognition: A Neuroscientific Perspective on Embodiment

Vittorio Gallese

in Embodiment, Enaction, and Culture: Investigating the Constitution of the Shared World

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780262035552
eISBN:
9780262337120
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262035552.003.0017
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

The chapter will address the notion of embodiment from a neuroscientific perspective, by emphasizing the crucial role played by bodily relations and sociality on the evolution and development of ... More


Multilevel Selection in a Broader Hierarchical Perspective

Telmo Pievani and Andrea Parravicini

in Evolutionary Theory: A Hierarchical Perspective

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226426051
eISBN:
9780226426198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226426198.003.0013
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

Since Darwin, multilevel selection has been the key concept of the hierarchical approach to evolution. The debate around the significance of group selection as an evolutionary phenomenon (in both an ... More


Language: facts and theory

Denis Bouchard

in The Nature and Origin of Language

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199681624
eISBN:
9780191761584
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681624.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

One's theory of the origins of language is intimately linked with one's particular theory of language: the evolutionary scenario depends on what the properties of language are according to that ... More


Music as an Emergent Exaptation

Ian Cross

in Music, Language, and Human Evolution

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199227341
eISBN:
9780191804274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199227341.003.0010
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter examines the role of music as an emergent exaptation of the later hominin lineage. It describes a model that provides a basis for considering music and language to be analogous systems ... More


The bottom line

Steven F. Perry, Markus Lambertz, and Anke Schmitz

in Respiratory Biology of Animals: evolutionary and functional morphology

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780199238460
eISBN:
9780191864056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199238460.003.0016
Subject:
Biology, Animal Biology, Developmental Biology

This chapter summarizes the most important aspects of the entire book. Writing an abstract of a summary can result in a ‘bouillon cube’ of information that is nearly incomprehensible, so this sticks ... More


The need for a dual account of language evolution

Anne Reboul

in Cognition and Communication in the Evolution of Language

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780198747314
eISBN:
9780191809729
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747314.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This chapter discusses whether an account of language evolution should see language as a communication system in the strong sense that it evolved for communication or in the weak sense that it ... More


Prolegomena

Steven F. Perry, Markus Lambertz, and Anke Schmitz

in Respiratory Biology of Animals: evolutionary and functional morphology

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780199238460
eISBN:
9780191864056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199238460.003.0001
Subject:
Biology, Animal Biology, Developmental Biology

Probably no process epitomizes life more than respiration. By respiration we mean the cascade of energy-producing biochemical reactions called oxidative phosphorylation, powered by a gradient of ... More


Art as a Human “Instinct-Like” behavior Emerging from the Exaptation of the Communication Processes

Luigi F. Agnati, Diego D. Guidolin, and Kjell K. Fuxe

in Art, Aesthetics, and the Brain

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199670000
eISBN:
9780191793479
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670000.003.0022
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology

Human beings have a unique basic drive to “communicate by symbols”. This chapter posits that this behaviour has been exaptated, leading to artwork production and appreciation. The neurobiological ... More


The Cultural Evolution of Honor Killing

Robert Paul Churchill

in Women in the Crossfire: Understanding and Ending Honor Killing

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190468569
eISBN:
9780190468590
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190468569.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

The focus in this chapter is on why honor killing ever came into existence as a social practice. The units for analysis are sociocultural systems and ecological pressures on the demographic groups ... More


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