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The individual and the species in the cultural evolution of language
Högskolan för lärande och kommunikation, Högskolan i Jönköping, HLK, Ämnesforskning.
2004 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

The origin of language is a problem involving complex interactions between a number of different evolving systems. Language per se, regarded as a cultural/memetic entity, is one of the evolving systems, and its evolution is of major importance in the origin of modern human language. Possible structural parallels between language evolution and biological evolution are discussed. Genes, organisms, and species are key concepts in biology, and an understanding of the corresponding levels in language is needed for any fruitful linguistic application of theoretical tools from evolutionary biology. I identify candidate linguistic ’genes’, ’organisms’ and ’species’, and discuss implications for language evolution.

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2004.
Keywords [en]
Language evolution, cultural evolution, idiolect, species
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-13694OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-13694DiVA, id: diva2:694095
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EELC, Brussels
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presented at Evolutionary Epistemology, Language & Culture Brussels, May 2004

Available from: 2007-07-19 Created: 2014-02-05 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved

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