Modelling the role of pragmatic plasticity in the evolution of linguistic communication

  title={Modelling the role of pragmatic plasticity in the evolution of linguistic communication},
  author={S Hoefler},
For a long time, human language has been assumed to be genetically determined and therefore the product of biological evolution. It is only within the last decade that researchers have begun to investigate more closely the domaingeneral cognitive mechanisms of cultural evolution as an alternative explanation for the origins of language. Most of this more recent work focuses on the role of imperfect cultural transmission and abstracts away from the mechanisms of communication. Specifically… 
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