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dc.contributor.authorMILLER, JAMES
dc.contributor.authorHughes, TJ
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-02T16:49:41Z
dc.date.available2015-12-02T16:49:41Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.date.submitted2014en
dc.identifier.citationJAMES MILLER, TJ Hughes, 'Lexicalisation and the Origin of the Human Mind', Biosemiotics;, 7;, 1;, 2014en
dc.identifier.otherY
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2262/75026
dc.descriptionPUBLISHEDen
dc.description.abstractThis paper will discuss the origin of the human mind, and the qualitative discontinuity between human and animal cognition. We locate the source of this discontinuity within the language faculty, and thus take the origin of the mind to depend on the origin of the language faculty. We will look at one such proposal put forward by Hauser et al. (Science 298:1569-1579, 2002), which takes the evolution of a Merge trait (recursion) to solely explain the differences between human and animal cognition. We argue that the Merge-only hypothesis fails to account for various aspects of the human mind. Instead we propose that the process of lexicalisation is also unique to humans, and that this process is key to explaining the vast qualitative differences. We will argue that lexicalisation is a process through which concepts are reformatted to be able to take on semantic features and to take part in grammatical relations. These are both necessary conditions for a grammatical mind and the increased ability to express conceptual content. We therefore propose a possible explanans for the discontinuity between humans and animals, namely that merge with lexicalisation (and consequently semantic features and grammatical relations) is a minimal requirement for the human mind.en
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dc.format.extent27en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesBiosemiotics;
dc.relation.ispartofseries7;
dc.relation.ispartofseries1;
dc.rightsYen
dc.subjectLexicalisationen
dc.subjectDiscontinuityen
dc.subjectMerge-only hypothesisen
dc.subjectSemantic featuresen
dc.subjectAgreementen
dc.titleLexicalisation and the Origin of the Human Minden
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.type.supercollectionscholarly_publicationsen
dc.type.supercollectionrefereed_publicationsen
dc.identifier.peoplefinderurlhttp://people.tcd.ie/jamiller
dc.identifier.rssinternalid108542
dc.rights.ecaccessrightsopenAccess
dc.subject.TCDThemeGenes & Societyen
dc.subject.TCDThemeIdentities in Transformationen
dc.subject.TCDThemeNeuroscienceen
dc.subject.TCDTagEVOLUTIONen
dc.subject.TCDTagEvolutionary Biologyen
dc.subject.TCDTagGenerative Grammaren
dc.subject.TCDTagLINGUISTICSen
dc.subject.TCDTagLexicalisationen
dc.subject.TCDTagPhilosophy of Languageen
dc.identifier.rssurihttp://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12304-013-9189-1


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