Self-contained case studies teach students best practices in interdisciplinary research

Interdisciplinary research is a burgeoning field, largely due to its ability to tackle complex problems facing humanity that extend beyond a single disciplinary perspective and require interdisciplinary thinking and research for their resolution.

Case Studies in Interdisciplinary Research successfully applies the model of the interdisciplinary research process outlined by author Allen F. Repko in Interdisciplinary Research, (SAGE ©2008) to a wide spectrum of challenging research questions. Self-contained case studies, written by leaders in interdisciplinary research, and utilizing best-practice techniques in conducting interdisciplinary research shows students how to apply the interdisciplinary research process to a variety of problems.

Why We Talk: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Evolutionary Origin of Language
Riavan der Lecq

Questions about the purpose of language arise quite naturally. Although the advantages of having language are obvious, we may still wonder why language is such a complex ability. And if language is so useful, why have only humans acquired it? Of course, other animals have communication systems to inform each other about food or danger, but only humans can communicate about anything, whether it is present, absent, or even fictional. Then there are questions about the origins of human communication. Did we acquire our language capacity in one single step without intermediate forms, or did language evolve gradually through a sequence of stages?

Beginning the Research Process (Steps 1 to 4)

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