Error title
Some error text about your books and stuff.
Close

Language and Human Behavior

by Derek Bickerton

  • ISBN: 9780295974583
  • ISBN10: 0295974583

Language and Human Behavior

by Derek Bickerton

  • List Price: $24.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Washington Pr
  • Publish date: 07/01/1996
  • ISBN: 9780295974583
  • ISBN10: 0295974583
used Add to Cart $1.67
You save: 93%
Marketplace Item
new Add to Cart $23.73
You save: 5%
FREE shipping on orders over $49!
Description: According to Bickerton, the behavioral sciences have failed to give an adequate account of human nature at least partly because of the conjunction and mutual reinforcement of two widespread beliefs: that language is simply a means of communication and that human intelligence is the result of the rapid growth and unusual size of human brains. Bickerton argues that each of the properties distinguishing human intelligence and consciousness from that of other animals can be shown to derive straightforwardly from properties of language. In essence, language arose as a representational system, not a means of communication or a skill, and not a product of culture but an evolutionary adaptation. The author stresses the necessity of viewing intelligence in evolutionary terms, seeing it not as problem solving but as a way of maintaining homeostasis - the preservation of those conditions most favorable to an organism, the optimal achievable conditions for survival and well-being. The term protolanguage is used to describe the stringing together of symbols that prehuman hominids employed. "It did not allow them to turn today's imagination into tomorrow's fact. But it is just this power to transform imagination into fact that distinguishes human behavior from that of our ancestral species, and indeed from that of all other species. It is exactly what enables us to change our behavior, or invent vast ranges of new behavior, practically overnight, with no concomitant genetic changes". Language and Human Behavior should be of interest to anyone in the behavioral and evolutionary sciences and to all those concerned with the role of language in human behavior.
Expand description
Seller Condition Comments Price  
Seller: Owls Books
Location: Toledo, OH
Condition: Good
All pages and cover are intact. Possible slightly loose binding, minor
[...]
Price:
$1.67
Comments:
All pages and cover are intact. Possible slightly loose binding, minor
[...]
Seller: Book Outpost
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Condition: Like New
Shipping Icon
0295974583 Never used! Light wear to corners/ edges.
Price:
$2.25
Comments:
0295974583 Never used! Light wear to corners/ edges.
Seller: HPB Inc.
Location: Dallas, TX
Condition: Good
Shipping Icon
Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include
[...]
Price:
$3.93
Comments:
Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include
[...]
Seller: Midtown Scholar Bookstore
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Condition: Very Good
0295974583 Crisp, clean, unread book with some shelfwear-NICE.
Price:
$4.45
Comments:
0295974583 Crisp, clean, unread book with some shelfwear-NICE.
Seller: HPB Inc.
Location: Dallas, TX
Condition: Good
Shipping Icon
Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include
[...]
Price:
$4.50
Comments:
Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include
[...]
Seller: Gonia Books
Location: Pleasant View, TN
Condition: Very Good
Shipping Icon
0295974583 Fast handling-Orders prepared for Shipping Next Business Day!
Price:
$5.55
Comments:
0295974583 Fast handling-Orders prepared for Shipping Next Business Day!
Seller: One Stop Shop Bookstore
Location: Memphis, TN
Condition: Good
Shipping Icon
Price:
$22.50
Comments:
please wait
Please Wait

Notify Me When Available

Enter your email address below,
and we'll contact you when your school adds course materials for
.
Enter your email address below, and we'll contact you when is back in stock (ISBN: ).