Cultural selection for learnability : Three principles underlying the view that language adapts to be learnable ∗

@inproceedings{Brighton2006CulturalSF,
  title={Cultural selection for learnability : Three principles underlying the view that language adapts to be learnable ∗},
  author={Henry Brighton and Simon Kirby},
  year={2006}
}
Here is a far-reaching and vitally important question for those seeking to understand the evolution of language: Given a thorough understanding of whatever cognitive processes are relevant to learning, understanding, and producing language, would such an understanding enable us to predict the universal features of language? This question is important because, if met with an affirmative answer, then an explanation for why language evolved to exhibit certain forms and not others must be… CONTINUE READING

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