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

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ISBN-10: 023116792X

ISBN-13: 9780231167925

Edition: 2014

Authors: Daniel Cloud

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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 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 of which words to use and in which sense to use them is both a "selection event" and an intentional decision, making Darwin's account of artificial selection a particularly compelling model of the evolution of words. After drawing an…    
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Book details

List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/2/2014
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 0.68" wide x 0.93" long x 0.09" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English