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The domestication of language : cultural evolution and the uniqueness of the human animal

Author: Daniel Cloud; Catherine Casalino
Publisher: New York ; Chichester, England : Columbia University Press, 2015. ©2015
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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 everyday. 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  Read more...
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Cloud, Daniel.
Domestication of language : cultural evolution and the uniqueness of the human animal.
New York ; Chichester, England : Columbia University Press, ©2015
275 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Cloud; Catherine Casalino
ISBN: 9780231538282 0231538286
OCLC Number: 896834668
Description: 1 online resource (286 pages)
Contents: 1. Where Do Words Come From? 2. The Conventions of a Human Language 3. The Evolution of Signals 4. Varieties of Biological Information 5. The Strange Case of the Chimpanzee 6. The Problem of Maladaptive Culture 7. The Cumulative Consequences of a Didactic Adaptation 8. Meaning, Interpretation, and Language Acquisition 9. What's Accomplished in Conversation? 10. Recapitulation and Moral References Index
Responsibility: Daniel Cloud ; cover design, Catherine Casalino.

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