From icons to symbols: Some speculations on the origins of language

@article{Brandon1986FromIT,
  title={From icons to symbols: Some speculations on the origins of language},
  author={R. Brandon and N. Hornstein},
  journal={Biology and Philosophy},
  year={1986},
  volume={1},
  pages={169-189}
}
This paper is divided into three sections. In the first section we offer a retooling of some traditional concepts, namely icons and symbols, which allows us to describe an evolutionary continuum of communication systems. The second section consists of an argument from theoretical biology. In it we explore the advantages and disadvantages of phenotypic plasticity. We argue that a range of the conditions that selectively favor phenotypic plasticity also favor a nongenetic transmission system that… Expand
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