How Language Works
How Babies Babble, Words Change Meaning, and Languages Live or Die
Paperback ISBN: 158333291x
Discusses the origins of languages, how children learn to speak, how e-mail differs from both speech and writing, how language reveals a person's social status, and how we decide whether a word is rude or polite.
The Syntax of Verb Initial Languages
Hardcover ISBN: 019513222x
This volume contains twelve chapters on the derivation of and the correlates to verb initial word order. The studies in this volume cover such widely divergent languages as Irish, Welsh, Scots Gaelic, Old Irish, Biblical Hebrew, Jakaltek, Mam, Lummi (Straits Salish), Niuean, Malagasy, Palauan, K'echi', and Zapotec, from a wide variety of theoretical perspectives, including Minimalism, information structure, and sentence processing. The first book to take a cross-linguistic comparative approach to verb initial syntax, this volume provides new data to some old problems and debates and explores some innovative approaches to the derivation of verb initial order.
Concise English Chinese Dictionary Romanized
Chinese Paperback ISBN: 0804801177
Both practical and reliable, this dictionary provides the student, tourist or businessperson with a ready key to modern Chinese. Containing over 10,000 entries of the most useful English words and expressions, the Concise English-Chinese Romanized Dictionary is a handy guide for anyone interested in the Chinese language.
The Biological Roots of Human Nature
Forging Links Between Evolution and Behavior
Paperback ISBN: 0195093933
In this stimulating book, Goldsmith argues that biology has a great deal to say that should be of interest to social scientists, historians, philosophers, and humanists in general. He believes that anyone studying the social behavior of humans must take into consideration both proximate cause--the physiology, biochemistry, and social mechanisms of behavior--and ultimate cause--how the behavior came to exist in evolutionary time. Goldsmith, a neurobiologist, draws examples from neurobiology, psychology, and ethology (behavioral evolution). The result is a work that overcomes many of the misconceptions that have hindered the rich contributions the biological sciences have to offer concerning the evolution of human society, behavior, and sense of identity. Among the key topics addressed are the nature of biological explanation, the relationship between genes and behavior, those aspects of behavior most likely to respond to natural selection, the relationship between evolution and learning, and some probable modes of interaction between cultural and biological evolution. By re-examining the role of biological explanation in the domain of social development, the author has significantly advanced a more well-rounded view of human evolution and shed new light on the perennial question of what it means to be human. His book will appeal to biologists, social scientists, traditional humanists, and interested general readers.