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Infoling 1.11 (2019)
Título:Roots of language
Autor/a:Bickerton, Derek
Año de publicación:2016
Lugar de edición:Berlin
Editorial:Language Science Press
Roots of language was originally published in 1981 by Karoma Press (Ann Arbor). It was the first work to systematically develop a theory first suggested by Coelho in the late nineteenth century: that the creation of creole languages somehow reflected universal properties of language. The book also proposed that the same set of properties would be found to emerge in normal first-language acquisition and must have emerged in the original evolution of language. These proposals, some of which were elaborated in an article in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (1984), were immediately controversial and gave rise to a great deal of subsequent research in creoles, much of it aimed at rebutting the theory. The book also served to legitimize and stimulate research in language evolution, a topic regarded as off-limits by linguists for over a century. The present edition contains a foreword by the author bringing the theory up to date; a fuller exposition of many of its aspects can be found in the author’s most recent work, More than nature needs (Harvard University Press, 2014).

About the author 

Derek Bickerton is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at the University of Hawaii. He has carried out extensive research into creole languages in Guyana, Hawaii and the Seychelles. In recent years he has written extensively on the evolution of language. His publications include Dynamics of a creole system (1975), Language and species (1990), Language and human behavior (1995) and Adam’s tongue (2008). He has also co-edited volumes on the evolution of syntax (2009) and protolanguage (2010).
Temática:Lingüística cognitiva, Otras especialidades, Semántica, Teorías lingüísticas, Tipología

Preface to the 2016 edition






1 Pidgin into creole 


2 Creole 
Movement rules
Tense-modality-aspect (TMA) systems
Realized and unrealized complements
Relativization and subject-copying
Existential and possessive
Adjectives as verbs
Question words
Passive equivalents


3 Acquisition 


4 Origins 


5 Conclusions 



ColecciónClassics in Linguistics

Fecha de publicación en Infoling:6 de enero de 2019