Linguistics From an Evolutionary Point of View

@inproceedings{Hurford2012LinguisticsFA,
  title={Linguistics From an Evolutionary Point of View},
  author={J. R. Hurford},
  year={2012}
}
Beginning Linguistics students are sometimes treated to an array of mock “theories” about the evolution of language, including the “Bow-wow” theory, the “Dingdong” theory and others with equally silly and dismissive names. The 1886 ban on the subject (along with proposals for a universal language) by the Societe Linguistique de Paris is well known, and also sometimes thrown up as a proscription that should be reimposed. Research into the evolution of language never really died, though its… Expand
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