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    The Origins of Complex Language: An Inquiry Into the Evolutionary Beginnings of Sentences, Syllables, and Truth.Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy - 1999 - Oxford University Press UK.
    This book proposes a new theory of the origins of human language ability and presents an original account of the early evolution of language. It explains why humans are the only language-using animals, challenges the assumption that language is a consequence of intelligence, and offers a new perspective on human uniqueness. The author draws on evidence from archaeology, linguistics, cognitive science, and evolutionary biology. Making no assumptions about the reader's prior knowledge he first provides an introductory but critical survey of (...)
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    Origins of Complex Language. An Inquiry Into the Evolutionary Beginnings of Sentences, Syllables, and Truth.Andrew Carstairs-Mccarthy - 2003 - Linguistics and Philosophy 26 (6):765-780.
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    Does Aeneas Violate the Truce in Aeneid 11?Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy - 2015 - Classical Quarterly 65 (2):704-713.
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    Explicitness and Predication: A Risky Linkage.Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy - 1999 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22 (5):762-763.
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    What Proper Names, and Their Absence, Do Not Demonstrate.Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy - 2003 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 26 (3):288-289.
    Hurford claims that empty variables antedated proper names in linguistic (not merely logical) predicate-argument structure, and this had an effect on visual perception. But his evidence, drawn from proper names and the supposed inability of nonhumans to recognise individual conspecifics, is weak. So visual perception seems less relevant to the evolution of grammar than Hurford thinks.
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    The Tension Between “Combinatorial” and “Class-Default” Regularity.Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy - 1999 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22 (6):1017-1018.
    Clahsen shows that “combinatorial” inflection is processed differently from “irregular” inflection. However, combinatorially regular affixes need not coincide with “class-default” affixes, that is, affixes shared by more than one inflection class and all of whose rivals are peculiar to one class. This creates a tension that may help to explain the persistence of inflection class systems.
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    Dido, Pallas, Nisus and the Nameless Mothers in Aeneid 8–10.Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy - 2018 - Classical Quarterly 68 (1):199-219.
    In the so-called ‘Iliadic’Aeneid, Dido is scarcely mentioned. At first sight, Aeneas’ dalliance at Carthage is forgotten when he gets down to the serious business of establishing the Trojans in Italy. But the poem's last mention of Dido is enmeshed in a network of parallel passages elsewhere in theAeneidrelating to tunics and adoption. In the light of similarities between Aeneas and the superficially unimportant Trojan warrior Nisus, these passages bear crucially on the contrast between Aeneas’ public and privatepietas: his obedience (...)
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    Broca's Area and Language Evolution.Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy - 2000 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 23 (1):28-29.
    Grodzinsky associates Broca's area with three kinds of deficit, relating to articulation, comprehension (involving trace deletion), and production (involving “tree pruning”). Could these be special cases of one deficit? Evidence from research on language evolution suggests that they may all involve syllable structure or those aspects of syntax that evolved through exploiting the neural mechanisms underlying syllable structure.
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    A Shrug is Not a Sentence.Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy - 2003 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 26 (2):215-215.
    Corballis's claim that the origin of syntax lies in solely gesture is contested. His scenario does not explain why constraints on syntactic “movement” are apparently part of the human biological endowment for language. It also does not pay enough attention to the internal structure of sentences, and how they contrast with other linguistic units such as noun phrases.
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    Inflection Classes, Gender, and the Principle of Contrast.Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy - 1994 - In Stephen Everson (ed.), Language. Cambridge University Press. pp. 737--788.
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    The Frame/Content Model and Syntactic Evolution.Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy - 1998 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 21 (4):515-516.
    The frame/content theory suggests that chewing was tinkered into speaking. A simple extrapolation of this approach suggests that syllable structure may have been tinkered into syntax. That would explain the widely noted parallels between sentence structure and syllable structure, and also the otherwise mysterious pervasiveness of the grammatical distinction between sentences and noun phrases.
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