Linguistics and Evolution

Julie Tetel Andresen and Phillip M. Carter

Evolutionary linguistics – an approach to language study that takes into account our origins and development as a species – has rapidly developed in recent years. Informed by the latest findings in evolutionary theory, this book sets language within the context of human biology and development, taking ideas from fields such as psychology, neurology, biology, anthropology, genetics and cognitive science.

By factoring an evolutionary and developmental perspective into the theoretical framework, English professor Andresen replaces old questions such as “what is language?” with new questions such as “how do living beings become 'languaging' living beings?”