Origin and Evolution of Languages - Approaches, Models, Paradigms - Bernard Laks

Origin and Evolution of Languages - Approaches, Models, Paradigms - Bernard Laks

Conceptualization, communication, and the origins of grammar

Origin and Evolution of Languages - Approaches, Models, Paradigms - Bernard Laks

Frederick J. Newmeyer
University of Washington, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University

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The purpose of this paper is to defend the position that the evolutionary roots of grammar lie in conceptual structure. Pre-humans possessed a rich conceptual structure representing predicates and their accompanying arguments. I postulate that the evolutionary ‘event’ that underlies human language was the forging of a link between conceptual structures and the vocal output channel — in other words, the beginnings of grammar per se.

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Newmeyer, Frederick. Conceptualization, communication, and the origins of grammar. Origin and Evolution of Languages - Approaches, Models, Paradigms. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 112 - 132 May 2008. ISBN 9781845535537. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=19028. Date accessed: 03 Dec 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19028. May 2008

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