Evolution of Language as One of the Major Evolutionary Transitions

  title={Evolution of Language as One of the Major Evolutionary Transitions},
  author={E{\"o}rs Szathm{\'a}ry},
  booktitle={Evolution of Communication and Language in Embodied Agents},
  • E. Szathmáry
  • Published in
    Evolution of Communication…
  • Biology
In this chapter I briefly summarize views on adaptation and language, some relevant neurobiological and genetic facts, the presence or absence of recursion in animals, the possible role of genetic assimilation in language evolution, the prerequisites of language and the nature of the human adaptive suite, and the relative merits of proposed evolutionary scenarios for the origin of natural language. I highlight the special difficulty of this last major transition and a possible integrative… 
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