Darwin on Language and Selection

@inproceedings{Radick2002DarwinOL,
  title={Darwin on Language and Selection},
  author={Gregory Radick},
  year={2002}
}
Charles Darwin himself helped to start the debate on language change as a selection process. Here I examine two aspects of Darwin’s contribution to this debate. Throughout I emphasize how much Darwin’s own views differed from the views of present-day Darwinians. First, I consider the parallels Darwin identified between selection in language change and selection in species change. I argue that Darwin drew attention to these parallels mainly to undermine anti-evolutionist claims of high languages… CONTINUE READING

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