Constructing a Language

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März 2005



"Constructing a Language" offers a compellingly argued, psychologically sound new vision for the study of language acquisition.


*1. A Puzzle and a Hypothesis
*2. Biological and Cultural Inheritance
*3. Joint Attention and Cultural Learning
*4. Linguistic Communication and Symbolic Representation
*5. Linguistic Constructions and Event Cognition
*6. Discourse and Representational Redescription
*7. Cultural Cognition
* References
* Index


Michael Tomasello is Co-Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. He is the author of First Verbs and the coauthor of Primate Cognition.


Tomasello offers an extended and detailed exposition of his 'usage-based' theory of language acquisition, which he contrasts to nativist or 'universal grammar' theories such as those of Noam Chomsky and of Steven Pinker...Throughout this masterfully written but stylistically and intellectually dense book, Tomasello reports extensively on current research and looks critically at the assumptions and assertions of his contemporaries. -- L. Bebout Choice 20031101
EAN: 9780674017641
ISBN: 0674017641
Untertitel: A Usage-Based Theory of Language Acquisition. 19 line illustrations & 16 tables. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Harvard University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2005
Seitenanzahl: 408 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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