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Infant-directed speech and the evolution of language

  title={Infant-directed speech and the evolution of language},
  author={Bart A. De Boer},
0.1 Introduction Language is an extremely complex phenomenon and evolutionary accounts of it are therefore often considered problematic. Previous work by the author has been concerned with finding mechanisms that could simplify the way by which language has evolved. One such factor is self-organisation in a population, as explored in e.g. de Boer (2000, 2001b). However, in this paper another mechanism is explored, one that is based on bootstrapping. It is investigated whether speech might be… 

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