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    Language and Human Behavior.Derek Bickerton - 1995 - Seattle: University Washington Press.
    According to Bickerton, the behavioral sciences have failed to give an adequate account of human nature at least partly because of the conjunction and mutual reinforcement of two widespread beliefs: that language is simply a means of communication and that human intelligence is the result of the rapid growth and unusual size of human brains. Bickerton argues that each of the properties distinguishing human intelligence and consciousness from that of other animals can be shown to derive straightforwardly from properties of (...)
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    The Language Bioprogram Hypothesis.Derek Bickerton - 1984 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 7 (2):173.
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    More Than Nature Needs? A Reply to Premack.Derek Bickerton - 1986 - Cognition 23 (1):73-79.
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    Inherent Variability and Variable Rules.Derek Bickerton - 1971 - Foundations of Language 7 (4):457-492.
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    Putting Cognitive Carts Before Linguistic Horses.Derek Bickerton - 1993 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 16 (4):749-750.
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    Darwin's Last Word: How Words Changed Cognition.Derek Bickerton - 2008 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 31 (2):132-132.
    Although Penn et al. make a good case for the existence of deep cognitive discontinuity between humans and animals, they fail to explain how such a discontinuity could have evolved. It is proposed that until the advent of words, no species had mental representations over which higher-order relations could be computed.
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    Syntax is Not as Simple as It Seems.Derek Bickerton - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (4):552-553.
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    Creole is Still King.Derek Bickerton - 1984 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 7 (2):212.
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    But How Did Protolanguage Actuallystart?Derek Bickerton - 2008 - Interaction Studies: Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systems 9 (1):169-176.
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    Beyond the Mirror Neuron – the Smoke Neuron?Derek Bickerton - 2005 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 28 (2):126-126.
    Mirror neurons form a poor basis for Arbib's account of language evolution, failing to explain the creativity that must precede imitation, and requiring capacities (improbable in hominids) for categorizing situations and unambiguously miming them. They also commit Arbib to an implausible holophrastic protolanguage. His model is further vitiated by failure to address the origins of symbolization and the real nature of syntax.
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    Constructivism, Nativism, and Explanatory Adequacy.Derek Bickerton - 1997 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (4):557-558.
    Constructivism is the most recent in a long line of failed attempts to discredit nativism. It seeks support from true (but irrelevant) facts, wastes its energy on straw men, and jumps logical gaps; but its greatest weakness lies in its failure to match nativism's explanation of a wide range of disparate phenomena, particularly in language acquisition.
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    Prolegomena to a Linguistic Theory of Metaphor.Derek Bickerton - 1969 - Foundations of Language 5 (1):34-52.
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    A Dim Monocular View of Universal-Grammar Access.Derek Bickerton - 1996 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 19 (4):716-717.
    This target article's handling of theory and data and the range of evidence surveyed for its main contention fall short of normal BBS standards. However, the contention itself is reasonable and can be supported if one rejects the metaphor for linguistic competence and accepts that are no more than the way the brain does language.
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    Afferent Isn't Efferent, and Language Isn't Logic, Either.Derek Bickerton - 2003 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 26 (3):286-287.
    Hurford's argument suffers from two major weaknesses. First, his account of neural mechanisms suggests no place in the brain where the two halves of a predicate-argument structure could come together. Second, his assumption that language and cognition must be based on logic is neither necessary nor particularly plausible, and leads him to some unlikely conclusions.
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    An Innate Language Faculty Needs Neither Modularity nor Localization.Derek Bickerton - 1996 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 19 (4):631-632.
    Müller misconstrues autonomy to mean strict locality of brain function, something quite different from the functional autonomy that linguists claim. Similarly, he misperceives the interaction of learned and innate components hypothesized in current generative models. Evidence from sign languages, Creole languages, and neurological studies of rare forms of aphasia also argues against his conclusions.
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    Broca's Demotion Does Not Doom Universal Grammar.Derek Bickerton - 2000 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 23 (1):25-25.
    Despite problems with statistical significance, ancillary hypotheses, and integration into an overall view of cognition, Grodzinsky's demotion of Broca's area to a mechanism for tracking moved constituents is intrinsically plausible and fits a realistic picture of how syntax works.
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    But How Did Protolanguage Actually Start?Derek Bickerton - 2008 - Interaction Studies. Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systemsinteraction Studies / Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systemsinteraction Studies 9 (1):169-176.
    In dealing with the nature of protolanguage, an important formative factor in its development, and one that would surely have influenced that nature, has too often been neglected: the precise circumstances under which protolanguage arose. Three factors are involved in this neglect: a failure to appreciate radical differences between the functions of language and animal communication, a failure to relate developments to the overall course of human evolution, and the supposition that protolanguage represents a package, rather than a series of (...)
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    Finding the True Place of Homo Habilis in Language Evolution.Derek Bickerton - 1995 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 18 (1):182-183.
    Despite some sound basic assumptions, Wilkins & Wakefield portray a Homo habilis too linguistically sophisticated to fit in with the subsequent fossil record and thereby lose a reasoned explanation for human innovativeness. They err, too, in accepting a single-level model of conceptual structure and in deriving initial linguistic units from calls, a process far more dubious than the derivation of home-sign from naive gesture.
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    “Grammar Growth” – What Does It Really Mean?Derek Bickerton - 1986 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 9 (3):564-565.
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    Haunted by the Specter of Creole Genesis.Derek Bickerton - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (2):364-366.
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    Language Evolution Without Evolution.Derek Bickerton - 2003 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 26 (6):669-670.
    Jackendoff's major syntactic exemplar is deeply unrepresentative of most syntactic relations and operations. His treatment of language evolution is vulnerable to Occam's Razor, hypothesizing stages of dubious independence and unexplained adaptiveness, and effectively divorcing the evolution of language from other aspects of human evolution. In particular, it ignores connections between language and the massive discontinuities in human cognitive evolution.
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    Language in the Modular Mind? It’s a No-Brainer!Derek Bickerton - 2002 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 25 (6):677-678.
    Although Carruthers’ proposals avoid some of the more obvious pitfalls that face analysts of the language-cognition relationship, they are needlessly complex and vitiated by his uncritical acceptance of a highly modular variety of evolutionary psychology. He pays insufficient attention both to the neural substrate of the processes he hypothesizes and to the evolutionary developments that gave rise to both language and human cognition.
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    Language Use, Not Language, is What Develops in Childhood and Adolescence.Derek Bickerton - 2006 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (3):280-281.
    That both language and novel life-history stages are unique to humans is an interesting datum. But failure to distinguish between language and language use results in an exaggeration of the language acquisition period, which in turn vitiates claims that new developmental stages were causative factors in language evolution.
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    Mothering Plus Vocalization Doesn't Equal Language.Derek Bickerton - 2004 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (4):504-505.
    Falk has much of interest to say on the evolution of mothering, but she fails to address the core issue of language evolution: how symbolism or structure evolved. Control of infants does not require either, and Falk provides neither evidence nor arguments supporting referential symbolism as a component of mother-infant interactions.
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    Maggie Tallerman (Ed.), Language Origins: Perspectives on Evolution (Studies in the Evolution of Language 4). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. Pp. Xx+ 426. [REVIEW]Derek Bickerton - 2007 - Journal of Linguistics 43 (1).
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    Okay for Content Words, but What About Functional Items?Derek Bickerton - 2001 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24 (6):1104-1105.
    Though Bloom makes a good case that learning content-word meanings requires no task-specific apparatus, he does not seriously address problems inherent in learning the meanings of functional items. Evidence from creole languages suggests that the latter process presupposes at least some task-specific mechanisms, perhaps including a list of the limited number of semantic distinctions that can be expressed via functional items, as well as default systems that may operate in cases of impoverished input.
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    The Last of Clever Hans?Derek Bickerton - 1983 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 6 (1):141-142.
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    The Supremacy of Syntax.Derek Bickerton - 1987 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 10 (4):658.
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    Unified Cognitive Theory: You Can't Get There From Here.Derek Bickerton - 1992 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 15 (3):437-438.