Revision for “Chapter 1 – Language: Essence & Origins” created on February 22, 2019 @ 11:19:35
Chapter 1 - Language: Essence & Origins
2015: Chan Wan Ting, Goh Rachael, Hzwani Bte Muhammad Rashid 2014: Tan Wei Jian, Samuel Ow Li Xuan, Viola Lim Xinyi <h4>Home</h4> <em>Overview</em> Language evolution, sometimes called biolinguistics (Jenkins, 1999; Givón, 2002), is the study of the origins of human language, within the theoretical framework of evolutionary biology spearheaded by Charles Darwin’s seminal 1859 publication <em>The Origin of Species</em>. As a field of academic inquiry, it is highly interdisciplinary, attracting researchers from as diverse backgrounds as: anthropology, computer science, evolutionary biology, linguistics, molecular biology and neuroscience. However, before surveying the possible pathways from which language first appeared among humans, a thorough appreciation of its uniqueness, as a system of communication, and the evolutionary descent of humans, as a species, is crucial. This blog therefore aims to provide students of language evolution with a concise summary of the evolutionary backdrop for the emergence of language – as an distinctly human communication system – by first examining its<em>nature </em>(part 1), in terms of its particular features and components when compared to other animal communication systems, and then its <em>evolution </em>(part 2), in terms of the notable physical and cognitive evolutionary developments in humans which may have been crucial pre-requisites underlying our present linguistic ability. A detailed breakdown of our blog’s contents is presented below. Happy reading!