Language and Human Behavior
Derek Bickerton, 1995

The human ability to use language is special. Human language is much more than a system for communication.

1. What Language Is
Language allows us to "store information and carry out thought processes". It is a representational system, by which we organize and categorize the world we perceive. There is a sudden jump in communicative complexity from apes to humans. Words combine infinitely to express thoughts beyond the present. Thought (as we know it) depends on language.

2. Language and Evolution

3. Language and Intelligence

4. Language and Consciousness


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