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of The Biology of Language：
story of man’s interest in the origin of language and its biological
prerequisites is a story without end. But one promising aspect of its perennial
nature is the obvious widening of the vistas in this unique “terra
incognita” of human knowledge. However, with each new volume the painstaking
job undertaken by researchers and philosophers alike advances mankind’s
insight into the fascinating story of the beginning of language and, as many
would say, the beginnings of humanity.
present volume contains a collection of papers presented and discussed at an
International Symposium held in December of 1998 at Czerniejewo, near Poznanm
Poland. The central theme of the Symposium was to relate the debate between
Essentialism and Evolutionism with the nature of language. In this sense, the
volume belongs in the provenance of language origins. Moreover, the material
generated for and by this Symposium provides a useful overview for all those who
have an interest in the problems of the biology of language coupled with the
equally vital question of the origins of language and speech. The editor hopes
that the volume is one further step leading to the opening of the doors on the
understanding of the significance of the two problems. It is also the editor’s
hope that the present volume is one more step toward a further consolidation of
the fraternity of communication on language biology and language origins.
Table of contents：
Chimps, children and creoles：the
need for caution
Some problems with an evolutionary view of written language
Essentialism in language：a
convenient but fallacious premise
Bernard H. Bichakjian
The invention of the syllable：reflections
of a humanist on the biology of
Robert Payson Creed
Genetic classification and the historical method
Angela Della Volpe
Animal communication and human language：searching for their evolutionary
From proto-language to grammar：psychological
considerations for the emergence of grammar in language evolution
The biological imperatives on communicative interaction
Mary Ritchie Key
Ritual/representation as the semiogenetic precursor of hominid symbol use
Language acquisition and the essentialist-evolutionist debate
David J. Messer
Group selection in the biocultural evolution of language：fate of the Neanderthals
Richard G. Milo and Duane Quiatt
The biology of language：essentialist
vs. evolutionist in the nature of language
Harvey B. Sarles
A possibility of quantum evolution of language
Biological and cultural factors in the evolution of language
Index of names