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ERIC Number: EJ864015
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 85
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0023-8333
Evolution of Brain and Language
Schoenemann, P. Thomas
Language Learning, v59 ns1 p162-186 Dec 2009
The evolution of language and the evolution of the brain are tightly interlinked. Language evolution represents a special kind of adaptation, in part because language is a complex behavior (as opposed to a physical feature) but also because changes are adaptive only to the extent that they increase either one's understanding of others, or one's understanding "to" others. Evolutionary changes in the human brain that are thought to be relevant to language are reviewed. The extent to which these changes are a cause or consequence of language evolution is a good question, but it is argued that the process may best be viewed as a complex adaptive system, in which cultural learning interacts with biology iteratively over time to produce language.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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