The Nature of Language

Evolution, Paradigms and Circuits

Authors: Hillert, Dieter

  • Addresses all scholars interested in evolution, biology, neurology, language, cognition and theory of mind
  • Uses modern neuroimaging technology to map language and related cognitive functions
  • Illustrates and discusses a genetic blueprint for language
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The Nature of Language addresses one of the most fundamental questions of mankind: how did language evolve, and what are the neurobiological and cognitive foundations  of language processing? These questions are explored from different perspectives to discuss the building blocks of language evolution and how they developed in the way they can be found in modern humans. Primarily, neural mapping methods of cognition presented in this research provide extremely valuable data about the neural circuitries that are involved in language processing. Thus, the book explores and illustrates cortical mapping in typical language patterns, but also cortical mapping in atypical populations that fail to process particular language aspects. A neurobiological stance is used to inquire about how language abilities of our species evolved to communicate for the purposes of conveying information such as ideas, emotions, goals, and humor. The evolutionary language model presented builds on the cognitive abilities of our ancestors, and it allows readers to draw a variety of expansive conclusions from that, including the idea that human language as an interface system provides the basis for consciousness.

About the authors

Dieter Hillert, born in Germany, is a cognitive scientist and best known for studying language through cognitive, neurobiological and comparative approaches.  He holds positions as an Adjunct Professor and Research Scientist, and is affiliated with San Diego State University, University of California, San Diego, and University of Utah.  He also works as a science writer on topics related to mind and brain.

 

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Nature of Language
Book Subtitle
Evolution, Paradigms and Circuits
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4939-0609-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4939-0609-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4939-0608-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-4434-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 201
Number of Illustrations and Tables
34 b/w illustrations, 55 illustrations in colour
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