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Language Acquisition as a Cultural Process

Elena Lieven

in Cultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language, and Religion

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780262019750
eISBN:
9780262318297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262019750.003.0014
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

It is possible to identify three elements involved in the phylogenetic and ontogenetic development of the human language ability: (a) specific speech-related abilities, (b) cognitive abilities ... More


Symbols as Scaffolding

Colin Allen

in Developing Scaffolds in Evolution, Culture, and Cognition

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780262019552
eISBN:
9780262314787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262019552.003.0011
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

Symbols are generatively entrenched elements in human culture that scaffold the individual and cultural development of language, mathematics, science, poetry, music, and so forth. The exact means by ... More


Language and Niche Construction

Kim Sterelny

in Evolution of Communicative Flexibility: Complexity, Creativity, and Adaptability in Human and Animal Communication

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262151214
eISBN:
9780262281027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262151214.003.0010
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter considers the selectional effects of human niche creation on language evolution, effects that are linked with special characteristics of human social systems. It describes the evolution ... More


Brains and Symbols

John Skoyles

in Chimeras and Consciousness: Evolution of the Sensory Self

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015394
eISBN:
9780262312462
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015394.003.0021
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter develops the concept that the human brain has evolved to the point that changing symbols are integrated into brain neurobiology. This development led to notable evolutionary ... More


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