Nick Chater

Nick Chater is Professor of Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick.

  • Creating Language

    Creating Language

    Integrating Evolution, Acquisition, and Processing

    Morten H. Christiansen and Nick Chater

    A work that reveals the profound links between the evolution, acquisition, and processing of language, and proposes a new integrative framework for the language sciences.

    Language is a hallmark of the human species; the flexibility and unbounded expressivity of our linguistic abilities is unique in the biological world. In this book, Morten Christiansen and Nick Chater argue that to understand this astonishing phenomenon, we must consider how language is created: moment by moment, in the generation and understanding of individual utterances; year by year, as new language learners acquire language skills; and generation by generation, as languages change, split, and fuse through the processes of cultural evolution. Christiansen and Chater propose a revolutionary new framework for understanding the evolution, acquisition, and processing of language, offering an integrated theory of how language creation is intertwined across these multiple timescales.

    Christiansen and Chater argue that mainstream generative approaches to language do not provide compelling accounts of language evolution, acquisition, and processing. Their own account draws on important developments from across the language sciences, including statistical natural language processing, learnability theory, computational modeling, and psycholinguistic experiments with children and adults. Christiansen and Chater also consider some of the major implications of their theoretical approach for our understanding of how language works, offering alternative accounts of specific aspects of language, including the structure of the vocabulary, the importance of experience in language processing, and the nature of recursive linguistic structure.

    • Hardcover $40.00 £32.00
    • Paperback $35.00 £28.00
  • Perspectives on Imitation

    Perspectives on Imitation

    From Neuroscience to Social Science - Two Volume Set

    Susan Hurley and Nick Chater

    A state-of-the-art view of imitation from leading researchers in neuroscience and brain imaging, animal and developmental psychology, primatology, ethology, philosophy, anthropology, media studies, economics, sociology, education, and law.

    Leading researchers across a range of disciplines provide a state-of-the-art view of imitation, integrating the latest findings and theories with reviews of seminal work, and revealing why imitation is a topic of such intense current scientific interest.

    • Paperback $70.00 £58.00
  • Perspectives on Imitation, Volume 1

    Perspectives on Imitation, Volume 1

    From Neuroscience to Social Science - Volume 1: Mechanisms of Imitation and Imitation in Animals

    Susan Hurley and Nick Chater

    A state-of-the-art view of imitation from leading researchers in neuroscience and brain imaging, animal and developmental psychology, primatology, ethology, philosophy, anthropology, media studies, economics, sociology, education, and law.

    Leading researchers across a range of disciplines provide a state-of-the-art view of imitation, integrating the latest findings and theories with reviews of seminal work, and revealing why imitation is a topic of such intense current scientific interest.

    • Hardcover $65.00 £55.00
    • Paperback $45.00 £38.00
  • Perspectives on Imitation, Volume 2

    Perspectives on Imitation, Volume 2

    From Neuroscience to Social Science - Volume 2: Imitation, Human Development, and Culture

    Susan Hurley and Nick Chater

    A state-of-the-art view of imitation from leading researchers in neuroscience and brain imaging, animal and developmental psychology, primatology, ethology, philosophy, anthropology, media studies, economics, sociology, education, and law.

    Leading researchers across a range of disciplines provide a state-of-the-art view of imitation, integrating the latest findings and theories with reviews of seminal work, and revealing why imitation is a topic of such intense current scientific interest.

    • Hardcover $19.75 £15.99
    • Paperback $50.00 £40.00