The Domestication of Language: Cultural Evolution and the Uniqueness of the Human Animal

The Domestication of Language: Cultural Evolution and the Uniqueness of the Human Animal

Language did not evolve only in the distant past. Our shared understanding of the meanings of words is ever-changing, and we make conscious, rational decisions about which words to use and what to mean by them every day. Applying Darwin’s theory of “unconscious artificial selection” to the evolution of linguistic conventions, Daniel Cloud suggests a new, evolutionary explanation for the rich, complex, and continually reinvented meanings of our words. The choice… (more)

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Publisher: Columbia University Press (November 25, 2014)

Parent ISBN: 9780231167925

Language: English


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