Darwinian perspectives on the evolution of human languages

@article{Pagel2017DarwinianPO,
  title={Darwinian perspectives on the evolution of human languages},
  author={M. Pagel},
  journal={Psychonomic Bulletin \& Review},
  year={2017},
  volume={24},
  pages={151 - 157}
}
  • M. Pagel
  • Published 2017
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
Human languages evolve by a process of descent with modification in which parent languages give rise to daughter languages over time and in a manner that mimics the evolution of biological species. Descent with modification is just one of many parallels between biological and linguistic evolution that, taken together, offer up a Darwinian perspective on how languages evolve. Combined with statistical methods borrowed from evolutionary biology, this Darwinian perspective has brought new… Expand
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