Animism and Language Evolution

  title={Animism and Language Evolution},
  author={Eldar T. Hasanov},
  journal={SSRN Electronic Journal},
The exact mechanism of the evolution of language remains unknown. One of the central problems in this field is the issue of reliability and deceit that can be characterized in terms of honest signaling theory. Communication systems become vulnerable to dishonesty and deceit when there are conflicting interests between the signaler and receiver. The handicap principle explains how evolution can prevent animals from deceiving each other even if they have a strong incentive to do so. It suggests…