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Essays on the Analysis of the Genesis of Language, Art, and Literature


Walter A. Koch

The essays on «semiogenesis» written by 17 participants of a seminar on the «Evolution of Culture» deal with recent research on the genesis of language, art, and literature. Genesis here implies both the phylogeny and the ontogeny of sign systems. Work on this increasingly popular topic avails itself of interdisciplinary support from linguistics, semiotics, cognitive psychology, neurobiology, and systems theory.
Contents: Brain and Language - The Modularity of the Mind in Ontogenesis - Towards a Piagetian Linguistics - Dialogue and Turn, Text and Sentence - Poetic Competence in Children - The Beginnings of Art - Theoretical Reconstruction of the Evolution of Mind and Language.