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Cognition, communication, and readiness for language
SCCIIL Interdisciplinary Center, Dept. of AIT University of Gothenburg, 412 96 Göteborg, Sweden .
2012 (English)In: Pragmatics & Cognition, ISSN 0929-0907, Vol. 20, no 2, 334-355 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This review article discusses some problems and needs for clarification that are connected with the use of the concepts culture, language, tool, and communication in Daniel Everett’s recently published book, Language: The Cultural Tool. It also discusses whether the idea of biological readiness and preparedness for language (rather than grammar) can really be disposed of as a result of Everett’s very convincing arguments against a specific genetic predisposition for the syntactic component of a grammar. Finally, it calls into question whether Everett really is true to his professed ideology of scientific ideographical pragmatism. ©2012 John Benjamins Publishing Company.

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2012. Vol. 20, no 2, 334-355 p.
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Cognition; Communication; Comparing languages and cultures; Evolution; Readiness for language; Tool metaphor
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-24926DOI: 10.1075/pc.20.2.08allScopus ID: 2-s2.0-84874135855OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-24926DiVA: diva2:754315
Available from: 2014-10-10 Created: 2014-10-10 Last updated: 2014-10-10Bibliographically approved

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