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  Cultural evolution of language

Dediu, D., Cysouw, M., Levinson, S. C., Baronchelli, A., Christiansen, M. H., Croft, W., et al. (2013). Cultural evolution of language. In P. J. Richerson, & M. H. Christiansen (Eds.), Cultural evolution: Society, technology, language, and religion. Strüngmann Forum Reports, vol. 12 (pp. 303-332). Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.

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Dediu, Dan1, Author              
Cysouw, Michael, Author
Levinson, Stephen C.2, Author              
Baronchelli, Andrea, Author
Christiansen, Morten H., Author
Croft, William, Author
Evans, Nicholas, Author
Garrod, Simon, Author
Gray, Russell D.3, Author              
Kandler, Anne, Author
Lieven, Elena, Author
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1Language and Genetics Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society, ou_792549              
2Language and Cognition Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society, ou_792548              
3External Organizations, ou_persistent22              

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 Abstract: This chapter argues that an evolutionary cultural approach to language not only has already proven fruitful, but it probably holds the key to understand many puzzling aspects of language, its change and origins. The chapter begins by highlighting several still common misconceptions about language that might seem to call into question a cultural evolutionary approach. It explores the antiquity of language and sketches a general evolutionary approach discussing the aspects of function, fi tness, replication, and selection, as well the relevant units of linguistic evolution. In this context, the chapter looks at some fundamental aspects of linguistic diversity such as the nature of the design space, the mechanisms generating it, and the shape and fabric of language. Given that biology is another evolutionary system, its complex coevolution with language needs to be understood in order to have a proper theory of language. Throughout the chapter, various challenges are identifi ed and discussed, sketching promising directions for future research. The chapter ends by listing the necessary data, methods, and theoretical developments required for a grounded evolutionary approach to language.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 20122013
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: Other: shh0149
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Title: Cultural evolution: Society, technology, language, and religion. Strüngmann Forum Reports, vol. 12
Source Genre: Book
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Richerson, Peter J., Editor
Christiansen, Morten H. , Editor
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Publ. Info: Cambridge, Mass : MIT Press
Pages: - Volume / Issue: - Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 303 - 332 Identifier: ISBN: 9780262019750