Archaeology and Language I: Theoretical and Methodological by Roger Blench, Matthew Spriggs

By Roger Blench, Matthew Spriggs

Archaeology and Language I represents groundbreaking paintings in synthesizing disciplines which are now obvious as interlinked: linguistics and archaeology. This quantity is the 1st of a three-part survey of leading edge effects rising from their combination.
Archaeology and historic linguistics have principally pursued separate tracks until eventually lately, even though their objectives could be very related. whereas there's a new expertise that those disciplines can be utilized to enrich each other, either rigorous methodological information and certain case-studies are nonetheless missing in literature. Archaeology and Language I goals to fill this lacuna.
Exploring a variety of thoughts built by way of experts in each one self-discipline, this primary quantity bargains with wide theoretical and methodological matters and gives an fundamental heritage to the element of the reviews provided in volumes II and III. This assortment offers with the arguable query of the beginning of language, the validity of deep-level reconstruction, the sociolinguistic modelling of prehistory and the use and cost of oral culture.

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The editors have encour- INTRODUCTION 19 aged authors to support their cases with actual data or direct reference to where such data may be consulted. There are, however, some important themes where speculation is allowed freer play and where empirical confirmation of the hypotheses advanced must inevitably be sketchy, to say the least. The two most impor tant areas are language or ig ins and deep-level (macrophylum) reconstruction. LANGUAGE ORIGINS The origins of language have been the subject of speculation for almost as long as linguistics has been a subject of academic inquiry.

Universal grammar is not an empirical result of a survey of the world’s languages, but rather a postulate essential to the Chomskyan enterprise. Bichakjian cites evidence for a unidirectional movement of certain syntactic changes and adduces new evidence from child language learning to argue that language and language change are culturally determined. He shows that this type of ‘innatist’ model, where grammar is hard-wired into the brain, is in conflict with recent scientific findings. If his critique is correct, then the evolution of language must be linked to human culture rather than classified as basic to human biology.

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