How Did Language Evolve? Some Reflections on the Language Parasite Debate

@article{Hung2019HowDL,
  title={How Did Language Evolve? Some Reflections on the Language Parasite Debate},
  author={Tzu-Wei Hung},
  journal={Biological Theory},
  year={2019},
  pages={1-10}
}
The language parasite approach (LPA) refers to the view that language, like a parasite, is an adaptive system that evolves to fit its human hosts. Supported by recent computer simulations, LPA proponents claim that the reason that humans can use languages with ease is not because we have evolved with genetically specified linguistic instincts but because languages have adapted to the preexisting brain structures of humans. This article examines the LPA. It argues that, while the LPA has… Expand

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